Citizen Science to the Rescue!

You don't have to be a scientist or even out of high school to contribute to scientific research. In the 12th lesson plan in the series of 21, scholars use this opportunity to add to the growing body of scientific knowledge and consider the advantages and disadvantages of direct observation versus large-scale observations. The science project they contribute to relates to weather patterns, seasons, and climate change.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Find other opportunities for citizen science
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires prior knowledge of making detailed observations and how to label a scientific sketch
  • The timing of this lesson is dependent on the seasons and weather patterns where you live
Pros

  • Includes a long list of links for the prerequisites, materials and tools, vocabulary, learning links, student resources, and further learning
  • Aligns to the National Science Education Standards, National Education Technology Standards, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Education Standards, Climate Literacy Principles, and Energy Literacy Principles
  • Offers five different tools for assessment
Cons

  • None
Common Core

NGSS