Published on March 15, 2014
Case Study: Factors Influencing the Color Change of Leaves in the Fall Group #2 Ali Saghir Dustin Johnson Lisa Rizzo Robert Zook Tammy Scott
Setting Science Unit for upper elementary or middle school Target of Understanding: Students will understand the reasons and the factors for why the leaves of the trees change color in the Fall. A collaboration of schools from different sections of the US will be formed.
Sequence of Performances Introductory – Each school will create a digital movies and PowerPoint that will describe their location. Based on this description, each school will guess the order of the locations based on when the leaves change color. Guided Inquiry- Culminating-
Sequence of Performances Introductory Guided Inquiry- Students will collect and share the follow data: Longitude/Latitude Kinds of trees Daily weather data (temp, precip., daylight hours) Pictures (single tree as well as collection of trees) Culminating-
Sequence of Performances Introductory Guided Inquiry Culminating- Students using Elluminate will present a multimedia presentation detailing the factors that influence the change of color of leaves in the Fall.
New Technology Use of Google Apps for Education Word processing Spreadsheet Website Elluminate will facilitate the sharing of the weekly discussions between schools and the final presentation to all schools.
Incorporating On-going Assessment During the presentation, schools will of a Q&A with each other. Schools will be paired for weekly Elluminate sessions where they will explore the the parts of trees, how a tree grows, parts of leaves and the process of photosynthesis.
How can new technologies support the process? Digital cameras, video cameras, temperature probes, thermometers, pyranometer will be used to collect data Data will be shared using shared spreadsheets and website Google Apps for Ed tools and Elluminate.
Any Questions? Image Credits: http://blogs.targetx.com/hbu/DawgTracks/f all-leaves.jpg http://www.glacialwanderer.com/_blog/blog 2007/10_October/3leaf.jpg http://blog.syracuse.com/news/2008/10/10 0108foliageJB2.JPG
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