Science and Teaching for Field Instructors

What Can Live Here?

From the poles to the tropics, environmental factors like sunlight, temperature, and moisture, vary. Whether they are large or small, variations in environmental factors affect the distribution of organisms. Many students have memorized a standard definition of environmental factors, but have not applied the concept to organisms or places they have observed directly. In What Can Live Here? students have the opportunity to learn this concept in context, connecting it to concrete observations and using it to think about the organisms that can live in an area. They also use technology in the form of Google‘s Science Journal app and other tools to take their thinking deeper and take precise measurements. This is a powerful way for students to develop translatable skills and a curiosity mindset that can drive their own explorations and learning in the future.

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