Project: 2012-2013 Wildlife Habitat Improvement

Teacher: Amy Schmer
School: Preston Middle School
Location: Fort Collins, Colorado USA
Start Date: 09/30/2012
End Date: 05/29/2013
Project Plan
Unique Requests of
Participating Mentors:

The students will be working on a project at Sylvan Dale Ranch in Colorado to improve wildlife habitat. We are looking for mentors who can help students with scientific inquiry, provide additional Web resources, and challenge each student to produce quality work. This will be an incredible project for students and mentors.

Description:

The student and mentor will work together under the teacher's supervision to create a guzzler "watering hole" for animals to drink from. Students will also be working on sending pictures directly to the school using a wifi camera. Students will also explore using time lapse cameras. This project will take place at Sylvan Dale Ranch in Loveland, Colorado. Students will be incorporating all the Science curriculum into this project. Live video feed will allow students to see what is visiting the guzzler at all hours. Notes from DOW: Meet with Amy at site during school day 1. Students making contact with National Turkey Foundation (as well as other stake holders) 2.Understand questions stake holders have: incorporate those questions into the project 3. Look at successful guzzler projects in Utah, Colorado, 4. Research WIFI, making all contacts to professionals 5. Research Fencing, bird/ all animal friendly 6. Pump 7. Website development: Whose is on our list to get this info 8. Start project: 1. Google Earth-Fly them to the project spot 2. Share knowledge of limited water 3. David's interest in the ranch 4. Student questions

Benchmarks:

Colorado State Standard 2. Life Science Benchmark 1: Changes in environment conditions can affect the survival of individual organisms, populations, and entire species. Benchmark 2: Organisms interact with each other and their environment in various ways that create a flow of energy and cycling of matter in an ecosystem. Colorado State Standard 3: Earth Science Benchmark 1: Complex interrelationships exist between Earth's structure and natural processes that over time are both constructive and destructive Benchmark 2: Water on Earth is distributed and circulated through oceans glaciers, rivers, ground water, and the atmosphere

Duration:

39

Grade Level:

6

Content Area:

Science

Student Outcomes:

Student will maintain a notebook with all their gathered information. All students will be involved with the guzzler in some form. Students will understand how the guzzler works and why it is needed.

Evaluation of
Student Outcomes:

Students will write a final letter to the mentor which will include a self-evaluation of the project, including what the student did well, what he would like to have done to improve upon the project, and what the mentor contributed to the project.

Teacher Role:

Teacher's Role: Teacher will aid student in identifying research areas of interest. Teacher will create guidelines for students to follow during the guzzler project. Teacher will evaluate student products.

Mentor Role:

Mentor's Role: Mentor will aid students in mastering and applying scientific inquiry during the course of developing a project for the guzzler project.