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Field guides are a like a window into an ecosystem. Young scientists collaborate to create their own field guides by recording observations from a local ecosystem. Ideally, they collect information over time to create a more complete product with more detailed descriptions and plants that survive in different seasons.

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CCSS: Designed
NGSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Have students share their information in a website such as Inaturalist
Classroom Considerations
  • Expects access to an outdoor campus
  • Provide field guides to pupils so they can become familiar with the contents
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
Pros
  • Includes a detailed teaching guide to help plan for instruction
  • Provides options to extend learning
Cons
  • None