Journal Entry - Field Notes are
The work of art at the right is titled, Young
Scientist. The subject is clearly making observations about
a milkweed plant. He is holding a small, bound journal.
Scientists concentrate on getting accurate data.
Such evidence is obtained by observations and measurements taken
in situations that range from natural settings
contrived ones (such as in the laboratory). To make their observations,
scientists use their own senses, instruments
that enhance those
senses, and instruments that tap characteristics quite different
from what humans can sense (such as magnetic fields).1
Use the information you have learned in Milkweed
& Monarch Mania to make a journal entry on behalf of this young scientist.
Write a title and your name at the top of the paper. pdf version
Date the entry in the journal.
What you should include in a journal:
Collect and record data - Tips
* Measurements - document the instruments needed
to make each measurement.
See - this exercise for information
* Use charts or tables to organize data where appropriate.
* Use your senses in making the observations. Note any patterns
* You may include sketches or photos
* Take an inventory of animals found - be sure to
describe them using appropriate terms. How many does he see?
* The classification of the plant or one animal that could be found on it.
Monarch Butterfly wksheet
* Draw a small map of the location of the plant.
Include a landmark that actually exists in your community.
* Personal observations of the environment. (Season,
weather, altitude, habitat, biome)
* Write a question he may wish to pursue using the
* Note what
he should observe for on a subsequent visit to collect data.
* Note any significant environmental issues related
to what he may see.
* Conclude with a statement about his or your relationship
with the environment.
lesson about Science Journals |
a Dichotomous Key and a Field Guide
Note Guide Handout
If you are having
trouble imagining what he would see, then use this real plant photo.
Fields, Meadows & Fencerows EcoStudy Unit
anatomy observation information off
Ericson, a.k.a. Eugene Iverd (1893-1936), Young Scientist,
1932, oil on canvas, Collection: Erie Art Museum, Erie, PA.
Citizen Science Projects:
Participate in Monitoring Monarch Larval Monitoring Project
Milkweed and Nectar Plant Phenology Project
Science Is a Blend of Logic and Imagination
1. American Association for the
Advancement of Science. (1989). Science for all Americans: A
Project 2061 report on literacy goals in science, mathematics, and
technology. Washington, DC: Author. [Available online at: http://www.project2061.org/tools/sfaaol/sfaatoc.htm
Aligned with the Pennsylvania State Academic Standards: Reading & Writing, Mathematics, Ecology & Environment, Geography, Science and Technology, Arts & Humanities
Pennsylvania Science Anchors
S.A.2. Processes, Procedures, and Tools of Scientific Investigations
S.A.3. Systems, Models, and Patterns, S.B.1. Structure and Function of Organisms
S4.B.3.1.1 Describe the living and nonliving components of a local ecosystem
S8.A.1 Reasoning and Analysis
ISTE Standard 3 - Technology productivity tools
ISTE Standard 5 - Technology research tools
Information Literacy Standards - Independent Learning
NCTE Standard 3 - Students apply a wide range of strategies to comprehend, interpret, evaluate, and appreciate texts.
NCTE Standard 8 - Students use a variety of technology and information resources to gather, synthesize, and communicate knowledge.
"People can often learn about things around them by just observing those things carefully, but sometimes they can learn more by doing something to the things and noting what happens. Describing things as accurately as possible is important in science because it enables people to compare their observations with those of others.
Tools such as thermometers, magnifiers, rulers, or balances often give more information about things than can be obtained by just observing things without their help." Science NetLinks Benchmark 1- Nature of science - How science works