Building Science Process Skills, Students explore rain forest habitat characteristics and species diversity during a field trip to the local zoo
March 27, 2015, 4:39:37
DeFina, Anthony V., 26, The Science Teacher, , January, 36-41
This is not a research study, but a report of how one teacher structures his field trip experiences to support his students in acquiring process skills that fall into five basic categories: acquisitive, organizations, creative, manipulative, and communicative. The case presented is for a field trip to the Bronx Zoo. The author provides tasks for the teacher before the field trip, trip activities (including individual investigations and collaborative projects), and a scoring rubric for field trip and classroom group products.
In this field trip and classroom extensions, the submitted summary cards, crossword puzzles, and the photo essay presentations reflected student achievement. Although use of multiple process skills overlapped throughout the tasks at both the zoo and in the classroom, the success of acquisitive and organizational skills was evident in the students' summary card product.
Descriptive: Case study
Jungle World Exhibit at New York's Wildlife Conservation Park, The Bronx Zoo
Formal ed: High school
Forestry and/or agriculture
Mathematics: Data collection, analysis, and/or probability
Nature of Science: The scientific process
Nature of Science