Field Data Collection: Elem Students and Birds
28 Lennox St
Birds provide a ready access for elementary level students to a variety of life science content areas. Science practices such as bird observation skills, visual and auditory, field data collection and analysis skills, and student presentation techniques for the wider community are but some of the options that will be explored in this webinar. The presenters planned and carried out a nesting bird survey with 5th Graders in Western Massachusetts as part to Cornell's Birds in Forested Landscape program. While teaching in Phoenix, Renee and her students collected data for the Central Arizona & Phoenix Long Term Environmental Research Project. Ted has taught bird identification in informal settings for over thirty years. In this Webinar Ted and Renee will describe their projects, including how Cornell University's Ebird can be utilized in the classroom. Outdoor bird study with students, aligned with NGSS practices, is tons of fun!Renee Bachman is a veteran teacher who currently teaches at Leeds Elementary School in Northampton, Massachusetts. Her passion is getting kids outdoors to do authentic science and foster a sense of stewardship in her students. Ted Watt , of the Hitchcock Center for the Environment in Amherst, MA, USA, has worked as a teaching naturalist at environmental centers for over 35 years. He has studied birds and plants of northeastern North America and is tremendously curious about all life and enjoys working with local elementary students and teachers to enhance standards-based outdoor learning.
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