LabVenture: Throughout their LabVenture! experience, students are asked to make observations, such as looking at a species closely to see how it behaves, to form hypotheses about what it eats, and to identify species.
This Activity: Students are asked to make detailed observations to describe their study site, it is an important step in the scientific method.
Vital Signs:

Field Visit #1

Goal: Observe your field study site.

Question: What does your local aquatic habitat look like?
  • Choose a local aquatic habitat to be your study site.


Describe your study site (bog, lake, swamp, river, stream, shoreline, ocean, estuary, seasonal habitat...or if no local water resource is available, use a forest or field - and tie it into the watershed by how water drains from this area to the closest body of water)

Write as many words as you can to describe the study site:
Allow students to choose between the following two activities, depending upon the type of creative writer they are:

  1. Reflection - choose a spot to sit down. Write every word that comes to mind in the next 10 minutes to describe your place. Think about what you see, hear, smell, feel - use all of your senses to describe what is around you.
  2. Listing - choose a spot and make observations of your 360 degree surroundings. For the next 10 minutes rotate slowly and write down everything that you see.

In the classroom compile all of the observations into one document (display on wall, word document, poster, video/sound recording) that would help someone to visualize your site.

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