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Field Investigation

Students examining macro-invertebrates in a tray of water as part of a field investigation.
Students examining macro-invertebrates in a tray of water as part of a field investigation.
Overview: In this inquiry-based activity students will create their own field investigation focusing on soil, water, plants, life or weather. By studying the effects of natural resources upon one another and also how man influences and is influenced by natural resources, students will learn how to better live within our means and see ways that resources affect each other.
Grade Level:
5 - 12
Objectives: Students will create, execute and present a field investigation of their choice.

Students will understand how to use the scientific method as a means to conduct a field investigation.

Students will learn how one person's field investigation results can be compared to another's.

Lesson Plan:
Field Investigation - word, 49KB
Field Investigation - pdf, 467KB

Did You Know?

The toe of Carbon Glacier appears dirty as it is covered in silt. Mount Rainier is in the background.

Carbon Glacier, on the north side of Mount Rainier, comes to the lowest elevation of any glacier in the lower 48 states at 3500 feet. It is also Mount Rainier's thickest glacier, one section being nearly 700 feet thick.