Nancy Songer, The University of Michigan, The University of Michigan
This is an 8-week life science inquiry program for 5th graders focusing on biodiversity. Classrooms register to participate during specific time periods of the academic year. Students collect data on animal distribution in their schoolyard using Palm Pilots and software originally used by African Animal Trackers. An electronic discussion board and the creation of their own web-based biodiversity maps allow students to compare and share their findings with other students and researchers around the world. Students ask questions about species distribution, interdependence, human influence on diversity, and many other related concepts. Students create species accounts with the maps, narratives and predictions they have generated, which are available for future reference and use by other students.
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