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Daily Plans and Journal Prompts

Monday, June 22

  1. Welcome, student introductions (TP).
  2. Class introduction. Go over Handbook.
  3. Build Journal. See Journal Prompt Expectations and Rubric.
  4. Introduction to Elwha River Restoration Project with Dean Butterworth, Olympic National Park [J].
  5. Brief survey of science and Inquiry Project overview [J].
  6. Take Personality Test.
  7. Begin writing the journal prompt.
  8. Pre-class Assessment.
  9. Name game. Group bonding exercise. Daily Reflection [J].

Journal Prompt: Personal Data Letter to Natural Resource Teacher.

  • Your Name, Your Parents/Guardians Names and Phone Numbers
  • Where have you lived? Where do you live now?
  • What other science classes have you had? What was your experience in these classes?
  • What do you want out of this class?
  • What are your personal goals for this class?
  • What do I need to know to help you learn better?
  • What are some assumptions teachers have made about you that you’d like to change?
  • What are some things you are good at or that you enjoy?
  • Describe something that is marvelous to you.
  • What else should I know about you?

Homework: Finish journal prompt. Go over the Natural Resources Summer Elwha Field Course Handbook with your family. Bring in the filled-out and signed second half of the packet tomorrow.

Tuesday, June 23

Classroom

  1. Signed registration packet due.
  2. Journal prompt.
  3. Field procedures, safety, Leave No Trace skits and nutrition and hydration for the field.
  4. Introduce Plant Recolonization [J]. Dichotomous key activity.
  5. Groups finalize Inquiry Project topic. Inquiry topics are due at end of day.
  6. Inquiry Project work time.
  7. GPS/Map overview [J].
  8. Daily Reflection: Each daily reflection should be done at the end of the day. Try answering these questions:
    1. What was surprising for you?
    2. What did you already know but now see in a different way?
    3. What do you still need explained?
      You may also include 'mind maps' (illustrations) that help you build understanding and connections about what you learned.
  9. Leadership and Employability (E6).

Journal Prompt: Which came first the chicken or the egg? Explain.

Wednesday, June 24

Field Day

  1. Elwha River Model - Visit to the Feiro Marine Life Center to work with Elwha River model [J].
  2. Visit Elwha Dam. Bring plant ID books.
  3. Plant ID: Draw, describe, scientific and common name
  4. Return to class.
  5. West Elwha COASST, Marine Debris, Baseline Data Assignment in class training [J].
  6. Learn protocol for water chemistry and sediment size survey [J].
  7. Prepare inquiry projects. Inquiry questions and procedures due.
  8. Daily Reflection [J] + Leadership and Employability (E6).

Journal Prompt: Make your own simple dichotomous key to classify your 6 favorite food. Example:

1. Food contains milk products    
  2. Savory  
     3. Round Pizza
     3. Blobby Mac & Cheese
  2. Sweet Ice cream
1. Food does not contain milk products    
  4. Oriental  
     5. Pre-packaged Top Ramen
     5. Prepared Sushi
  4. Mexican Fried unstuffed jalapeños

Thursday, June 25

Field Day

  1. West Elwha COASST and Marine Debris surveys.
  2. Inquiry Project – Elwha mouth site.
  3. Plant ID: Draw, describe, scientific and common name [J].
  4. Character at Work activity.
  5. Daily Reflection [J] + Leadership and Employability (E6).

Journal Prompt: Recall the dam model at Feiro MLC. How does or does not a scientific model represent reality? How are models useful? How are models unuseful?

Friday, June 26

Field Day

  1. Native and Non-Native Plants - Restoration Botonist Josh Chenoweth leads class on native plant restoration overview in the field [J]. See Plant Restoration Assignment Part 1.
  2. Plant ID: Draw, describe, scientific and common name [J].
  3. Inquiry Project at Old Campground and HWY 101 pullout site.
  4. GPS Scavenger hunt.
  5. Meet with each groups about Inquiry Projects.
  6. Daily Reflection [J] + Leadership and Employability (E6).

Journal Prompt: Is it possible for humans to make unbiased observations? What method should we use? If we use a method will that method bias our observations?

Monday, June 29

Field Day

  1. Visit Aldwell South: Plant recolonization transects. Survey exclosures. Inquiry project.
  2. Plant ID: Draw, describe, scientific and common name [J].
  3. In-field GPS and map work.
  4. Return to classroom.
  5. Character at Work activity.
  6. Daily Reflection [J] + Leadership and Employability (E6).

Journal Prompt: When taking data for a scientific inquiry, what is a sample? Is it important to take more than one sample? How many? Should they be random?

Tuesday, June 30

Field Day

  1. West Mills Expedition: Plant Recolonization observations and IDs.
  2. Inquiry Project on Elwha at Boulder Creek.
  3. Plant ID: Draw, describe, scientific and common name [J].
  4. Enter and refine data into Hot Topics Website database.
  5. Daily Reflection [J] + Leadership and Employability (E6).

Journal Prompt: Write a simple 10-step procedure a scientist could use to determine how many students wear hats between classes.

Wednesday, July 1

Field Day

  1. East Elwha COASST and Marine Debris surveys.
  2. Inquiry Project – Elwha River Road Bridge.
  3. Plant ID: Draw, describe, scientific and common name [J].
  4. Return to class and work on Inquiry Projects.
  5. Enter and refine data into Hot Topics Website database.
  6. Weed Pull Design Assignment – group planning. See US Fish and Wildlife Training for Managing Invasive Species.
  7. Daily Reflection [J] + Leadership and Employability (E6).

Journal Prompt: Now that you have spent a week doing actual fieldwork for real scientific inquiries, try journaling about this question: What is Science?

Thursday, July 2

 Happy Interdependence Day! 

Field Day

  1. East Mills Expedition: Plant Recolonization observations and IDs.
  2. Inquiry Project on Elwha at Glines entrance.
  3. Plant ID: Draw, describe, scientific and common name [J].
  4. Enter and refine data into Hot Topics Website database.
  5. Character at Work activity.
  6. Daily Reflection [J] + Leadership and Employability (E6).

Journal Prompt: Why are park managers revegetating the site near the river in the old lake basins. Compare to personal health and well-being after an injury.

Monday, July 6

Field Day

  1. Salmon Smolt Trap Removal - Work with Mel Elofson, from Elwha Fisheries to remove smolt trap on Deep Creek. Plan to meet Mel and his crew at the Laird's Corner Park and Ride at 9:30 am.
  2. Plant ID: Draw, describe, scientific and common name [J].
  3. Salmon, Sediment, and Stems Cycles Assignment [J]
  4. Inquiry Project peer review.
  5. Daily Reflection [J] + Leadership and Employability (E6).

Journal Prompt: What senses can be use in making observations of the natural world. List ten. (Hint: Include "remote" sensing devices and other tools.

Tuesday, July 7

Field Day

  1. Visit the NPS Greenhouse with Laurel Moulton, Olympic National Park [J], 9:30 am - 2:30 pm. See Plant Restoration Assignment Part 3.
  2. Plant ID: Draw, describe, scientific and common name [J].
  3. Weed Pull Design peer review.
  4. Daily Reflection [J] + Leadership and Employability (E6).

Journal Prompt: If you were a project manager (a boss), which student in the class (besides yourself!) would you hire and why?

Wednesday, July 8

Field Day

  1. Weed Pull Design Assignment – implementation in Elwha 9:00 – 11:30 am.
  2. Plant ID: Draw, describe, scientific and common name [J].
  3. Character at Work activities.
  4. Work on final presentations.
  5. Enter and refine data into Hot Topics Website database
  6. Daily Reflection [J] + Leadership and Employability (E6).

Journal Prompt: What does it mean to understand something? How do you know when you understand?

Thursday, July 9

Field Day

  1. Baseline Data - Visit with Elwha Wildlife Biologist Kim Sager [J]
  2. Practice presentations with teachers.
  3. Character at Work activities.
  4. Enter and refine data into Hot Topics Website database.
  5. Daily Reflection [J] + Leadership and Employability (E6).

Journal Prompt: What's the difference between carelessness and being carefree?

Friday, July 10

Classroom

  1. Finalize data in Hot Topics Website database.
  2. Deliver presentations to Wildlife Biologist Julie Mao at 10 am PDT.
  3. Character at Work activities.
  4. Post-class Assessment.
  5. Final course reflection and final clean up.

Journal Prompt: How well have you achieved your personal goals in this course? Please use details to support your answers. (Please remember back to your 'Personal Data Letter' you wrote on your first day for this.)

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