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Analyzing the Data: It's time to tell the story about Buds, Leaves and Global Warming

Lise LeTellier, Harvard Forest Schoolyard LTER

In this activity, students explore how, in New England, the timing of color change and leaf drop of deciduous trees is changing.

Activity takes two 45-minute class periods.

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About the Science

  • Activity has students access and analyze selected phenology data from the Harvard Forest Schoolyard Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) project, to study changes in the growing season of deciduous trees in New England.
  • The two-year length of the graphing component isn't really long enough to discern trends. Collecting more data over more years would provide more information from which trends could emerge.
  • Passed initial science review - expert science review pending.

About the Pedagogy

  • Activity is carefully and thoughtfully written with explicit teacher notes and student directions, background information, and screenshots to guide access to and use of the data; assessment rubric is provided with sample assessments representing honors and IEP-accommodation students.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • Educator is integral to initial explanations of this lesson. Once students understand the database and what is expected, they should become more independent.
  • Students will need computers with Internet access, Excel or or other spreadsheet software, and a printer.

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