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Seventh grade students use global positioning devices and other technology to record data about animal behavior and habitats while studying public policy related to natural resources.

Goal Directed Learning | Transformation Level | Social Studies

Objectives

  • Students will research animals and habitats.
  • Students will generate guiding questions related to public policy on resource management.
  • Students will use digital cameras to record visual evidence of animal behavior and habitats.
  • Students will use GPS devices to record waypoints associated with observations.
  • Students will draw conclusions based on recorded data.
  • Students will form new questions for future research.

Procedure

  • Prior to this lesson, students should have access to a basic tutorial for the hardware and software they will be using.
  • In the classroom, provide students with the location of the field trip and basic information about the habitat.
  • Challenge students to generate research questions that they can answer with data on plant and animal life during the field experience.
  • Students record research questions and conduct background literature research prior to field trip.
  • Student teams use mapping software to plan observation routes.
  • Students look for evidence of animal activity and record data with GPS devices and digital cameras.
  • Students collect initial data on mobile computers, check for gaps, and collect additional data if necessary to answer research questions.
  • Students interpret data to answer research questions.
  • Students present research questions, observations, and conclusions to their peers using their choice of methods.

Sunshine State Standards

  • Social Studies. SS.7.G.1: Understand how to use maps and other geographic representations, tools, and technology to report information.
  • Social Studies. SS.7.G.3: Understand the relationships between the Earth's ecosystems and the populations that dwell within them.
  • Social Studies. SS.7.G.6: Use Global Information Systems (GIS) or other technology to view maps of current information about the United States.
  • Science. SC.7.L.17. Plants and animals, including humans, interact with and depend upon each other and their environment to satisfy their basic needs. Both human activities and natural events can have major impacts on the environment. Energy flows from the sun through producers to consumers.
  • Language Arts. LA.7.4.2. The student develops and demonstrates expository writing that provides information related to real-world tasks.
  • Language Arts. LA.7.6.4. The student develops the essential technology skills for using and understanding conventional and current tools, materials and processes.

NETS Profiles for Technology Literate Students

  • 3. Research and Information Fluency: Students apply digital tools to gather, evaluate, and use information.
  • 4. Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making: Students use critical thinking skills to plan and conduct research, manage projects, solve problems, and make informed decisions using appropriate digital tools and resources.
  • 6. Technology Operations and Concepts: Students demonstrate a sound understanding of technology concepts, systems, and operations.

Materials

  • Handheld GPS Units
  • Digital cameras
  • Mobile computers

Grade Level: 6-8