Observing Plant Growth Patterns: Elementary GLOBE
In the story "Mystery of the Missing Hummingbirds", the GLOBE Kids wonder why hummingbirds have stopped visiting their school. They learn about the needs of the hummingbirds, the seasonal changes where they live, and the environment where the hummingbirds spend the winter. Through learning activities, students describe the seasonal changes in a local habitat, observe how colors in nature change through the seasons, and research hummingbirds. The Mystery of the Missing Hummingbirds
Learning Activity: The Color of the Seasons
Overview: Using a color chart, students will make observations outside during each of the four seasons. During each session, they will try to find as many colors as possible and record what they see. As a class they will make charts describing the colors they find in each season. At the end of the school year, students will compare results and generate conclusions about variations in colors in nature both within a season and between different seasons.
Learning Activity: All Year Long
Overview: Each student will keep a science journal during each of the four seasons. Students will record observations of the general outdoor environment they visit and then make observations of one specific item from the habitat in each season. At the end of the school year, students will compare their seasonal drawings and share their results with the class.