Forty classroom-ready science teaching and learning activities for elementary and middle school teachersGrounded in theory and best-practices research, this practical text provides elementary and middle school teachers with 40 place-based activities that will help them to make science learning relevant to their students. This text provides teachers with both a rationale and a set of strategies and activities for teaching science in a local context to help students engage with science learning and come to understand the importance of science in their everyday lives.
Activity 22: One Square Meter of Ground Survey
A single square meter of ground, in almost any environment, can yield incredible amounts of information of a scientific nature. On the grounds of a local school in suburban Miami where both of the authors have worked with beginning teachers, one can observe land crabs, iguanas, and even foxes. In the canal adjacent to the school, fish such as barracudas and gar are plentiful, making their way from the ocean in the brackish water. Alligators and even manatees come up the canal. Birds such as great blue herons, ibises, and loons are common sights, as are kingfishers and ospreys. There is an abundant variety of insects, from spiders to beetles and butterflies. Dragonflies ...