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  Citizen Science: 15 Lessons that Bring Biology to Life, 6-12



 
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This NSTA Press book, co-edited by Cornell Lab of Ornithology educators, begins with real-life examples of middle and high school teachers who have successfully engaged their students in citizen science, and provides 15 innovative lessons that present specific ways to build data collection and analysis into your science teaching. From observing the life cycle of monarch butterflies and following their migratory journeys between Canada, the United States, and Mexico... to tracking climate change by recording the dates of first leaf, flower, and fruit of local plants... to discovering which bird species migrate, and where and when they go ... to exploring life cycles and population dynamics of amphibians in nearby ponds, the featured projects gather data through public collaboration in scientific research. We invite you to dig in and become part of this exciting and growing movement. Your students will not only learn science, but they will also be scientists! The lessons bring biological and environmental science to life: they are hands-on, flexible, and follow the 5E Instructional Model to deeply engage students and provide you with ways to evaluate understanding. We’ve also connected the content to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

To learn more about the book and download the table of contents, and introductory chapter, and a free lesson taken from the curriculum, please visit http://www.birdsleuth.org/book15lessons.


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