Type:Graphic Organizer/Worksheet, Other
Subtopic: Tools and Methods
Level: for grades 6 through 12
Time: Less than 1 period
This article, part of Biodiversity Counts, provides insight into keeping field journals. The article, which is available both online and as a printable PDF, discusses:
- why journals are so important both to scientists and to the museums and institutions that employ them
- the type and variety of information that researchers typically record in their journals
- tips for how to keep a field journal, including how to develop a coding system to save time in the field while increasing the amount of information you can record
- how to flesh out your journal "back in the lab"
Supplement a study of biodiversity with an activity drawn from this article about keeping a field journal.
- students to this online article, or print copies of the article for them to read.
2. Have students design a grid-like structure they can use to organize their observations on the pages of their field journal.
- Science > General
- Science > Agriculture
- Science > Biology
- Science > Botany
- Science > Chemistry
- Science > Earth Science
- Science > Ecology
- Science > Engineering
- Science > General Science
- Science > Geology
- Science > Life Sciences
- Grade 6
- Grade 7
- Grade 8
- Grade 9
- Grade 10
- Grade 11
- Grade 12
Keywords:Field Journal scientific method scientific process
Access Privileges:Public - Available to anyone
License Deed:Creative Commons Attribution 3.0