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Topic: Biology Subtopic: Tools and Methods Type: Article Level: for grades 6 through 12 Time: Less than 1 period Origin: Biodiversity Counts This article, part of Biodiversity Counts, takes a look at how botanist and curator Brian Boom applies the notes in his field journal. The article, which is available both online and as a printable PDF, discusses: the organization system of his field journals how he uses the information in them to label his dried and mounted specimens his use of both rough sketches and photographs his tips for what students should record in their field journals Supplement a study of biodiversity with an activity drawn from this article about keeping a field journal. Ask students what they think happens to the information in field journals once researchers return to the lab. 2. Send students to this online article, or print copies of the article for them to read. 3. Have students write a one-page reaction to the article, comparing their initial ideas to what they learned.
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