This Preparing for Project BudBurst lesson plan also includes:
Male deer growing antlers to begin the breeding season is an example of a phenological event. First in a four-part series is an activity requiring individuals to collect phenological data on their campus. Classes discuss phenology, the study of life-cycle events, and begin to make observations. They then learn how to identify unknown plants and use these tools to help them further collect data.
- If possible, complete part two outside so classes can see the entire plant and not just leaves and/or flowers brought into class; this gives them complete information about a plant
- Activity assumes teacher has background the BudBurst project and can register classes online for their data collections (free to register); directions are included
- Lesson is appropriate for eighth and ninth graders as well
- Lesson provides a basic script for the teacher to follow for part one; parts two and three are more research-based and focus on data collection not discussion
- Includes all individual worksheets and extension activities at the end of the lesson