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Be a Backyard Citizen Scientist - Butterfly Edition

In this two day, half hour class, students will learn how to collect data about butterflies to help researchers as citizen scientists.
Annette Lauver
234 total reviews for this teacher
Completed by 4 learners
  There are no upcoming classes.
30 minutes
per class
Twice per week
over 1 week
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does a "Multi-Day" course work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Class Experience

Students will learn how they can participate as Citizen Scientists.
Students will learn to create a tally chart and graph using their data.
Students will present their data to the learning group. 
Students will participate in class discussions comparing butterfly data from different places. 
As a teacher with more than 25 years experience, I have helped students become excited  and engaged in their own learning interests. 
Students will have the task of collecting data for butterflies sighted in their own backyards. They will create a tally chart and bar graph of the data collected. They will present their findings during day two of this class. 
(*Optional) After class, students may wish to share their data on to help scientists studying environmental impacts on butterflies. 
 2 files available upon enrollment
Printed Data Sheets (2 -Available Upon Enrollment) Pencil, Colored Pencils or Crayons
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
Students will be informally assessed by their participation in group discussions, creation of a tally chart and bar graph and presentation of data. 
1 hour per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
Students may need parental supervision during collection of data if the learner is outside. 
The idea for this class came from an article in Birds & Blooms magazine about the Citizen Scientist movement. 
There are thousands of everyday people around the world participating in Citizen Scientist projects to help researchers collect data. 
Also, the website has opportunities for citizen scientists to contribute data for research. 


Annette Lauver
Lives in the United States
Guided Learning Facilitator
234 total reviews
279 completed classes

About Me

My name is Annette. I have been a teacher for more than 25 years. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and an endorsement in Special Education.  I have lived and taught in five different states: Texas, Florida,... 
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