Science & Nature
The Strange Sound of Spring: The Spring Peeper
In this one-time, highly-interactive and multi-disciplinary class, students will explore the ecology of woodland marshes while discovery the source of one of Spring's strangest sounds.
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In this highly-interactive class, students will learn about the formation and ecological importance of vernal pools while uncovering the identity of a creature whose unique sound summons warm weather, the Spring Peeper. We will cover the ecological importance of vernal pools, as well as the the biological characteristics and unique evolutionary adaptations of the Spring Peeper. The class is highly interactive and student participation is expected. I deliver my lessons using the Peardeck...
Students will gain an appreciation for the ecological significance of vernal pools, and why they are a habitat worth protecting. They will also discover the physical and behavioral adaptations of the Spring Peeper. In addition, students will develop their reading comprehension skills, particularly drawing conclusions, inferencing, and relating background background knowledge.
My K-6 educational license covers all subjects. I was the science coordinator and science instructional lead teacher at my school. I also served as Green Schools coordinator, supervising our successful application for Maryland Green Schools certification. I am an avid naturalist and spend most of my free time out in the forest learning about our ecosystems through first-hand interactions.
There is no specific homework required, however once class is finished I will convert the class from teacher-mode to student mode, meaning that students can freely navigate the presentation to review course material or to complete any work that they were unable to finish.
Students may need a pencil and paper to complete an integrated math question, although they can also draw on the screen. For our vernal pool project, students will need a piece of computer paper, a dropper or teaspoon (alternatively they could simply sprinkle water with their fingers), a glass or cup of water, a large tray or Tupperware container, and a marker.
Student knowledge is assessed through a variety of short answer and multiple choice responses. At the end of class, students are tasked with using their newly acquired knowledge to create their own poster to teach others about Spring Peepers.
1 hour per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
We briefly discuss the subject of mating, although no specific processes are discussed and no video of Spring Peepers mating is shown. Students will be required to follow a link to access the presentation, which will be delivered using an application called Peardeck. This is a free learning platform which requires no download or sign-up, students will simply enter the website url (joinpd.com) then enter in our specific access code.
Students will be required to follow a link to access the presentation, which will be delivered using an application called Peardeck. This is a free learning platform which requires no download or sign-up, students will simply enter the website URL (joinpd.com) then enter in a access code specific to our class.
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Hello my name is Mr. Wilson! I have been a teacher for over a decade, spending 5 years as an English as a Foreign Language instructor in the South Korean public school system before becoming a K-6 classroom teacher for Prince George's County (Md.)...