Lesson 9 - Species Account

This activity focuses on developing DIRECT OBSERVATION skills. Student choose one species they can readily observe, and document as many details as they can about it. Species accounts are a common approach to cataloging organisms and building a database of information. In a species account, the observer attempts to learn as much as they can about the type of organism, using words, pictures and numbers to record details about structures, behaviors, and location in and interaction with the surrounding environment. Any plant or animal that can be observed for a sustained period of time can be used for a species account. In this exercise, students will follow-up their observation with research using the computer and/or field guides, then evaluate and cite their sources. Reflection questions and instructions on writing a scientific paragraph finish off the lesson.