Lewis and Clark in Washington
Shrub Steppe Habitat

Introduction to Research

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As Mrs. Sonderman's letter indicates, the Franklin County Historical Society is looking for student investigators to research our area—comparing the way it is now with what Lewis and Clark found. Three elementary schools are participating: Amistad, Canyon View and Southgate.

Canyon View's task is to research the "NOW" part—the plants, birds and animals that live in our area now—for the museum. We will be collaborating with students from Southgate who are collecting data on today's plants, birds and animals and with students from Amistad who are gathering information from the journals of the Corps of Discovery.

Getting Started

To complete this assignment we will be forming research teams to visit the shrub steppe. We need to brainstorm the different challenges presented to us and develop an action plan for our research.

What do we already know? What do we want to find out? How will we keep track of what we have learned?

What work will we have to plan for and do? Where will we do our research? How will we collect and compile data?

What types of research teams do we need? Here are some possibilities. You may wish to add or subtract from this list.

How will we confer and work with our colleagues from Amistad and Southview?

What special talents can each of us contribute to our work? Check out these suggestions:


How can we present our plant and animal data so others can learn about and enjoy our shrub steppe habitat? How can we collaborate with the students at Amistad and Southgate to present all our research as a whole study? The historical society has asked us to develop a Website.

Other presentation choices include a brochure, a field guide, an herbarium, a Kid Pix slide show.

Are there other questions that need to be addressed?

Authors: Sue Hevland (hevlsu@ksd.org) and Nancy Sauer (sauena@ksd.org), Canyon View Elementary School, Kennewick, WA
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