What is Citizen Science? The public, at any age, is able to help scientists collect data from their observations to help with their research about our natural world. To join the Citizen Science Connection Edmodo group click below or use group code: zshr5c
Are you or know a 5th grade science teacher interested in learning how to connect students with the outdoors while meeting curriculum objectives? Please help spread the word about this professional development program for North Carolina’s 5th grade teachers. I just finished up this cohort and was sad for it to end. This is a great opportunity to gain resources for outdoor learning expriences for you and your student along with citizen science resources. This is absolutely one of the best science teacher professional development cohorts I have ever been a part of. Message me if you have any questions. - Gretchen Ross
MYRADAR is a great app for sharing local data visually by uploading a picture. This Hi-Def app show pictures of current weather from all over the United States. Picture can be taken on an iTouch or iPad and easily uploaded by students daily. At Wiley, we are lucky to have a nice view of downtown for students to take a picture of the weather over the skyline and upload to this app.
Resource Collector: Gretchen Ross
As a 5th grade Science and Social Studies teacher at Wiley International Magnet School in Raleigh, NC, I am fortunate to have multiple outdoor learning spaces to take my learners so they can commune with nature and build greater understandings and appreciation for the natural world they inhabit. As an Egret Fellow from the 2014 cohort, I have been blessed with connections to 5th grade science teachers from across NC that have made a commitment to taking learning and discovery outside of our classoom utilizing our own campuses. We continue to collaborate and discovery ways we can intertwine citizen science into our instruction of the NC Science Essential Standards. Environmental stewardship at an early age is vital to the development of a lifelong love for nature and to spark a desire to explore the natural world that sustains life. Learning happens by doing and experiencing! This blog is meant to serve as a sharing spot for my experiences and what you all share with me. The Weebly is meant to be resource for teachers to reduce the barriers from taking our learners outdoors for learning experiences and to link elementary classrooms with Citizen Science opportunities that align with their curriculum.