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Activity 02: Collecting data

Biodiversity: collection and graphical representation of data

Objective: Collection of data (plants and animals) and visualization
Learning outcomes: Learners are able to collect specific data in a specific field. They are able to transfer the collected data into tables and drafts.
Previous knowledge: none
Duration: 40 - 50 minutes
Materials / Conditions: Worksheet (Cf. Resources section), Colored pencils and a sheet of paper
Methods / Techniques: observe, describe, collect data, map
Learning subject: Biodiversity / Module 3: collection, processing and analysis of environmental data / Level: Advanced Learning

The schoolyard is a place you visit and spend time at nearly every single day. You think that you know every inch of this place? But can you tell how many different kinds of plants and animals inhabit it? You can use this lesson to find out!

1. Look for an investigation area. It could be a local park, a meadow, any public place or your schoolyard.

2. Make a draft map of your investigation area on your sheet. Mark buildings, trees, bushes, open areas and other interesting things there.
Draw a table for your investigation. Headlines for the columns are: Symbol, Name, Appearance and Location.
Now go outside and look for animals and plants. You can decide which animals and plants you want to collect, but you shouldn’t collect more than 10.
Make up a Symbol for every animal/plant you have found. Describe the appearance (e.g. form of leafs, height, color, amount of blossoms…) and the location of the find spot (with characteristics like dry, humid, sunny, shady)

3. Use the Symbols you made up in your table to mark the find spots on your draft map.

4. Compare your data with others. Discuss, if there is a connection between the characteristics of the location and the animals/plants which are living there.

Your draft of an investigation area and the investigation table

Possible results / Results:
-Learners have marked the finding spots with symbols on their draft. If possible they can divide the draft in areas. Learners were able to identify some of the animals/plants.
-location and appearance: learners provide information about water supply, lighting conditions and temperature of the find spot

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Author: Silvia Al-Umaray and Laura Hinz
Aus dem Deutschen übersetzt von Jana Prokaka

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