Field Notebooks

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The creation and use of field notebooks in a secondary environmental science elective. 

From the class syllabus:

 Approximately 40% of our class time will be spent outside. Students will be required to keep a field notebook detailing how this time is spent. 

CREATION AND SETUP

Each student in the class created their own field notebook, following directions found here. I glue a ribbon to the spine to make the notebooks more rugged.

The front of each field notebook contains a daily checklist, which also serves as a simple rubric. 

Next there is a table of contents.

The bulk of the the book is a combination of graph paper, lined paper and blank.

At the back of the book I have a few simple id guides. 

USE IN THE FIELD

Weather permitting, the class journeys outside. Some days they complete labs, other days they work on sketching and identifying different plants, animal tracks, scat, etc...