Before going outside for further practice, teachers tried out their new field ecology resources to aid them in identifying samples of native tree branches. Project Ecologist, John O'Keefe introduced the project protocol and related scientific concepts. Here teachers are beginning to identify and label the 6 study leaves on each branch, with help from Dr. O'Keefe and Mentor Teachers.
Mentor Teachers, Louise Levy and Maryanne Rotelli shared some tricks of the trade that they have learned over several years of engaging their High School students in the Buds, Leaves, and Global Warming study.
Here is some of what teachers said was valuable about the Summer Institute:
This was a great introduction to this study. It was made simple which truly adds to the likelihood of implementation and success. This study will allow me to engage multiple levels of students at my school in this research. How to use citizen science effectively in the classroom Going through the protocol so that I know exactly what my students will be doing and what pitfalls they may encounter. How to set up the project and advice from mentor teachers The study of phenology and how students can document the relationship between biotic and abiotic factors (plant leaf drop & on with weather). The experience of trying out the protocol from the student perspective Tree ID and learning how quick and easy it can be to implement this into the classroom. I think the facility was great and the mentor teachers were very helpful. Thank you for having them.
Moving into Fall.....
Students from New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, New York City, Connecticut, and Rhode Island have begun collecting data on leaf color change and drop at their schoolyards.
Students Students from Shore Country Day School in Beverly, Ma. measure leaf lengths for the first field visit only.
Students from Wahconah High School in Dalton Ma. up in the Berkshires (left)are monitoring their trees Teacher, April LesSage reported: The leaves are slowly changing. We are just seeing some start this week.
Brooklyn Technical High School Field Site in New York's Fort Greene Park
Students are out collecting data on leaves in the schoolyard of Wilson Middle School,Natick,Ma.
Views from Hollis-Brookline High School in New Hampshire (left), and Williston Northampton School, Western Mass.( right).
Thanks to teachers, Robin Koval ,April LeSage, Elisa Margarita, Jane Lucia, Kate Bennett,Maryanne Rotelli, Sheila Pogarian for sharing the photos above.
Foliage Images North to South From the Phenocam Network
White Mountains, New Hampshire