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Save the Nature Trail Project

Seventh Grade Page

Step One

Thank you for choosing to assist the second graders in their quest to save the Nature Trail. By being on this website you have already read the letter for help from the second graders and have decided to help them out. Your first step will be to attend a meeting with your second grade buddies. The guest speaker will be Mr. Thompson, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Agent. During this meeting you will be taking an iBook to take notes and any suggestions that Mr. Thompson might have of you.

Step Two

You will need to go through the tutorials for the technology you will be using. You are going to be the experts of the digital cameras, digital video cameras, iBooks, and many other pieces of technology. You will also need to use the software that is associated with each of these hardwares. Click on the Technology Tutorials like on the left hand column and follow the links on that page.

Step Three

Now your group will take a walk on the Nature Trail and look for enironmental problems. Please bring your journals and take notes on things that you notice. You will be able to use digital cameras and video cameras to take pictures of problems that you find. When you come back in you will talk with your group about what you discovered and make a reflection in your iBook. You will be taught how to use a Group Self Evaluation Form and fill one out for your group work today.

Step Four

Let's get to work and learn some new things about our environment so that we can figure out exactly what's wrong with our Nature Trail and how we can fix it. Click on the Environmental Links button on the Travel Trail Compass menu at the left side of the page. Follow the directions at the top of that page.

Step Five

Today you will be meeting with your group and deciding on which problem your group will work on. You will be making choices about what you will be looking for, what kind of data you will be collecting, and what you will use to collect it.

You will learn how to make a map. After you use this site to learn how to make a good map, your group will make a map of the Nature Trail. On it you should mark the areas of the trail that your group is researching. This map and all of the information that you create from this project will be put on our school web site, so make sure that you do a great job!

Step Six

For the next six months your group will collect data on the Nature Trail. Each time you should bring your jounals and take notes. Don't forget to bring any equipment that you will need!

You will e-mail information that you gather to Mr. Thompson. He will also be glad to help you with questions that your teachers can't help you with. He is very interested in what you do!

Your group will use what you have learned to come up with ideas about how to fix the problems on the Nature Trail. We are sure that these ideas will save our trail!

You will show what you have done and learned by making a Final Project with your group. This project will be shown to the Unity School Board - the people who help run the school. It will also be shown to other important people who are interested in helping our environment!

Look at the Project Guide to see what needs to be done to create your project. Check the Assessment Page to see how it will be graded.

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Created for the Fermilab LInC program sponsored by Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory Education Office and Friends of Fermilab, and funded by United States Department of Energy, Illinois State Board of Education, North Central Regional Technology in Education Consortium which is operated by North Central Regional Educational Laboratory (NCREL), and the National Science Foundation.

Author(s): Chuck Bouthilet, Greg Paulsen, & Paul Uhren
School: Unity School District, Balsam Lake,WI 54810
Created: February 15, 2001 - Updated: April 18, 2001