Field Journal and Scientific Method

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This course is foundational for all of our labs and activities. Students learn how to keep a field Journal for each VCS lab as well as for everyday use in their own field science observations.

Overview & Course Topics

The Virtual Sea Camp Field Journal orientation course teaches the steps of the scientific method. This course is foundational for all of our labs and activities. Students learn how to keep a Field Journal for each VCS lab and apply the scientific method toward their own field science observations. Data charts, hypothesis formation, theories and conclusions are all part of the Scientific Method and the Field Journal experience. Students are expected to use the processes of field biology to raise their understanding of the scientific method which. This course gives students an opportunity to embark on citizen science experiments using actual scientific principles.

Learning Outcomes

After completing this lab you should be able to:

  • Understand the processes of field science using a field journal
  • Use the steps involved in the Scientific Method to make observations and draw conclusions
  • Collect and list data from the field
  • Understand how a hypothesis becomes a theory
  • Apply the scientific method to research

Curriculum Standards

Disciplinary Core Ideas, Science & Engineering Practices & Crosscutting Concepts

Disciplinary Core Ideas:

MS-LS2.1:   Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on organisms and populations of organisms in an ecosystem.

MS-LS2.2: Construct an explanation that predicts patterns of interactions among organisms across multiple ecosystems.

MS-ETS1.1: Define the criteria and constraints of a design problem with sufficient precision to ensure a successful solution, taking into account relevant scientific principles and potential impacts on people and the natural environment that may limit possible solutions.

MS-ETS1.2: Evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.

MS-ETS1.3: Analyze data from tests to determine similarities and differences among several design solutions to identify the best characteristics of each that can be combined into a new solution to better meet the criteria for success.

ESS2.D.1: Weather and climate are influenced by interactions involving sunlight, the ocean, the atmosphere, ice, landforms, and living things. These interactions vary with latitude, altitude, and local and regional geography, all of which can affect oceanic and atmospheric flow patterns.

ETS1.A.1: The more precisely a design task’s criteria and constraints can be defined, the more likely it is that the designed solution will be successful. Specification of constraints includes consideration of scientific principles and other relevant knowledge that is likely to limit possible solutions.

ETS1.B.1: There are systematic processes for evaluating solutions with respect to how well they meet the criteria and constraints of a problem.

ETS1.B.1: There are systematic processes for evaluating solutions with respect to how well they meet the criteria and constraints of a problem.

ETS1.B.3: A solution needs to be tested, and then modified on the basis of the test results in order to improve it. There are systematic processes for evaluating solutions with respect to how well they meet criteria and constraints of a problem.

ETS1.B.3: A solution needs to be tested, and then modified on the basis of the test results in order to improve it. There are systematic processes for evaluating solutions with respect to how well they meet criteria and constraints of a problem.

CCCS..ELA-Literacy.RST6.8-3 Follow precisely a multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks.

CCCS..ELA-Literacy.RST6.8-1 Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts.

Science & Engineering Practices

  1. A-H ASKING QUESTIONS AND DEFINING PROBLEMS
  2. G DEVELOPING AND USING MODELS
  3. C,D PLANNING AND CARRYING OUT INVESTIGATION
  4. A,B, D, F, G, H ANALYZING AND INTERPRETING DATA
  5. A-F CONSTRUCTING EXPLANATIONS AND DESIGNING SOLUTIONS
  6. D,E OBTAINING, EVALUATING, AND COMMUNICATING INFORMATION

Crosscutting Concepts

Patterns

Patterns can be used to identify cause and effect relationships

Graphs, charts and images can be used to identify patterns in data

Cause and Effect

Cause and effect relationships may be used to predict phenomena in natural or designed systems.

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  • Beginner
  • 18 Minutes
  • 10 points
  • April 27, 2020 12:15 am
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