Preparing for Project BudBurst

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. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • 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
Classroom Considerations

  • 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
Pros

  • 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
Cons

  • None
Common Core