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. null null null null null null
2. Have students design a grid-like structure they can use to organize their observations on the pages of their field journal.