Making Science Real for Kids!

~Students Can Be
Scientists
I recently attended a science
workshop at the University of Minnesota that was amazing!  I learned about so many cool Citizen Science
Projects that can get your students out of their seats and collecting real
data.  Students can see a real purpose
for the skills that are being taught in the classroom while engaging in some
real exciting science experiments. 

 
What is Citizen Scientist?  It’s when an
individual volunteers to collect research and collaborate with professional
scientists. There are many great resources on-line where students can get help
scientists gather and report data on different topics.
Wow! How cool is that?! My
students can learn how to work with real scientists as they learn how to
research, collect data, record data, and analyze data. Learning about Citizen
Science Projects got me so excited about getting my students into the Outdoor
Classroom!  So currently I’m looking for
projects that I can integrate into my curriculum.  I’m also focusing on the ones that will support
the frameworks that I need to cover this year! 

This is a list that I will
continue to add to.  
Feel free to share
this resource with other teachers. 
Cornell University:  http://citizenscience.org
Ebird: http://ebird.org/content/ebird/   Students identify and report birds
sightings. 
Natures Notebook: 
The Great Sunflower Project: https://www.greatsunflower.org
This project is so cool.  Students can track how many pollinators land
on and individual flower at a time. 
MLMP:  Monarch Larva Monarch Project : http://www.monarchparasites.org   Monarch Health/Monarch Parasite GA
Dragonfly: 
Minnesota Odonata Survey Project http://www.mndragonfly.org
                       
SciStarter: This site has
citizen science projects that you can do across grade levels. https://scistarter.com/index.html
*Another project is Send a
Monarch to Mexico:  http://learner.org/jnorth/tm/symbolic/symbolic_migration_packet2016.pdf  Deadline is October 14, 2016

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