Monday, 16 October 2017

Information on Final Science Project on Trees and Forests



INFORMATION ON OUR FINAL SCIENCE PROJECT 

DUE DATE - (Nov 16th)


Leaf Assignment

1. Tree Identification
Collect and press leaves from 6 deciduous trees or shrubs, which grow around Calgary.  Mount the leaves and label them according to the type of tree or shrub they are from.

2. Type of Leaves
Find and press two examples of simple leaves, two examples of compound leaves, and two examples of needle leaves.  Using the Claim and Evidence model, mount the leaves under the appropriate headings and label according to the type of leaf and the tree if needed.
Example:
Question: What makes a simple leaf simple?
Claim:  This is a simple leaf.
Evidence/Justification:  This is a simple leaf because it has …

3. Leaf Shapes
Find an example of each of the following shapes.  Mount pressed leaves and label according to the shape and tree.  Use the Question, Claim, Evidence model to your understanding.
Linear or Oblong
Deltoid
Oval or Ovate
Lobed
Orbicular or Cordate
4 sided needle

4. Leaf Arrangement
Find an example of each of the following leaf arrangements.  Mount pressed leaves and label according to arrangement and tree.  Use the Question, Claim, Evidence model to show your understanding
Deciduous
-opposite
-alternate
Coniferous
-scale-like needles
-bundles of 2 or bundles of 5

5. Leaf Margins
Find an example of each of the following leaf margins.  Mount pressed leaves and label according to margin of leaf and tree.  Use the Question, Claim, Evidence model to show your understanding.  (Ex: This is a fine-toothed leaf.  I know this because fine-toothed leaves have…)

6. Bark Rubbings
Find examples of 4 different kinds of bark. Make rubbings of each one.  Cut out a sample of the rubbing.  Label the type of tree from which you obtained your rubbing, and describe the rubbing in detail using the following terms: horizontal or vertical; scaly, rough, smooth; color; wavy.

7. Big Ideas and Understandings
This section is an area where you can choose to present some big ideas and understandings in different ways. You can write, draw, illustrate, or collect photographs and pose questions about the topics you have chosen. Pick at least three key concepts! The following list is not exhaustive, but may give you some ideas. Give an explanation of
the topic, explain why it is a critical part of a forest ecosystem or what role it plays, or what consequences human interactions have had.
·      The importance of Photosynthesis, the Nutrient or Water cycle
·      The various functions of the parts of the tree, and how the environment affects them.
·      Forest Fires and their role in an ecosystem.
·      The affect different factors in an environment might have on tree growth.
·      Forestry logging practices.

Effort, Organization and Presentation:
Remember that additional information and detail will help to improve your assignment! When you meet the standard of excellence you go above and beyond the expectations and demonstrate an analysis of the information you have collected and show some critical thinking.



Leaf Project Rubric


Categories
Excellent (4)
Proficient (3)
Adequate (2)
Keep Going (1)
Describes, explains, and classifies characteristic of trees, bark, and leaves in order to identify tree species.
Student includes factual information which demonstrates a comprehensive understanding of the big ideas taught
Student includes factual information which demonstrates a thorough understanding of the big ideas taught
Student includes factual information which demonstrates a beginning understanding of the big ideas taught
Student is
developing skills
which help them
to have a better
understanding of
big ideas
Organizes information to communicate effectively
Student was able to plan and layout information in a way that enhances the meaning and flow of the project
Student was able to plan and layout information in a relevant way so that the meaning and flow was uninterrupted
Student was able to plan and layout information in an adequate way that enhances so that the meaning and flow was uninterrupted
Student continues to work on presenting information in a  way that allows the meaning and flow to be uninterrupted
Supports Understandings
Student was clearly able to identify key characteristics and provide insightful evidence for their understandings
Student was able to identify key characteristics and provide thoughtful evidence for their understandings
Student was able to identify key characteristics and provide appropriate evidence for their understandings
Student is starting to identify key characteristics and provide evidence for their understandings
Explains Processes and Issues Connected to or Impacting Forest Ecosystems
Student was able to provide additional information that provided a perceptive understanding of processes or issues that impact forests

Student was able to provide additional information that provided a relevant understanding of processes or issues that impact forests
Student was able to provide additional information that provided a reasonable understanding of processes or issues that impact forests
Student is beginning to provide additional information that shows a reasonable understanding of processes or issues that impact forests


Use of class time:                               /4                                Total:                                     /32
Organization / Neatness:                 /4
Creativity:                                          /4
Self – Evaluation:                              /4

Student was able to complete project:  With Independence/With Some Support/With Assistance/ With Constant Guidance

Comments:


Name: ____________________________________             Date:_______________________________

Leaf Project Self-Assessment

Always (4)
Often (3)
Sometimes (2)
Rarely (1)
I have shown all the elements required in the project (e.g. titles, page #, sections, claims, evidence etc.).




I have produced high quality work for each section.





I have used my class time wisely.






I spent a lot of my time at home working on this project.





I asked for help when I was unsure at any point in the project.








Something I enjoyed about this project was….









Some problems I ran into during this project was…
Something I want the teacher to notice in my project is…










Something I would do differently in a project next time would be…



Below is a Recording Sheet for students to organize their information:
(This booklet was handed out to students last week prior to the field trip).

Students are encouraged to demonstrate their understanding by choosing another form to represent their ideas (i.e. slide show, poster, scrapbook, photo album).
Filling out this booklet completly equates to a basic effort of understanding on the rubrics.


















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