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October 5, 2004

LIFE Begins

The first of four field experiences was successfully completed last week at the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve. Over 90 seventh-grade students and six teachers participated from Carrabelle and Apalachicola Schools. Students rotated through three different field labs to address non-living components of ecosystems, soil classification, and water quality in the estuary. Pre-test results showed limited knowledge of each of these three areas with average scores of less than one (out of a total of three) for each of the two participating schools. Both schools should conduct the post-test sometime this week (additional copy attached below).

On Thursday, the group was joined by the Department of Education’s Curriculum Support Specialist for Environmental Education, Michelle Reaves. Michelle commented positively on the hands-on nature of the field labs, and the potential for integration through the pre- and post-field experience activities/lessons.

LIFE Teacher Professional Development

A Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) workshop is scheduled for October 15th (teacher in-service day). This workshop is strongly recommended for all of the LIFE team teachers and will provide valuable experience with many of the recommended pre- and post-field experience activities. The LIFE Project will provide continuous support throughout the year to teachers completing this workshop. Please contact Jenny Dambek at (850) 245-2906 or (Jenny.Dambek@dep.state.fl.us) to confirm your participation. Participants will receive FCAT support materials, in-service points (if available though your county), the Project WET Activity Guide (contains over 90 student-tested, teacher-approved activities correlated to the Florida Sunshine State Standards), Florida’s Water Resource Manual and a Water monitoring test kit (one per school).

Web of LIFE

The following web sites are highly recommended for the LIFE - ANERR Program and will be made available through the LIFE Web pages. These sites provide useful data and information for pre- and post-field experience classroom lessons:

Pretest/Posttest

Field Experience 1

    Which of the following are considered abiotic or non-living ecosystem factors:
  A. Temperature, water, sunlight,
  B. Soil, decomposers, algae
  C. Kinetic, potential, chemical
  D. herbivores, carnivores, omnivores
     
    Which of the following scientific processes is not useful in identifying wetlands:
  A. Soil classification
  B. Identification of vegetation
  C. Determining duration of inundation and proximity to water bodies
  D. Examining patterns in annual rainfall and humidity
     
    If salt water has a higher density than freshwater, then which of the following statements would be appropriate:
  A. Freshwater always moves faster than saltwater
  B. Freshwater would never mix with saltwater
  C. If freshwater and saltwater were combined, the saltwater would tend to sink
  D. If freshwater and saltwater were combined, the saltwater would tend to float on top of the freshwater

 

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Last updated: June 05, 2007

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