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CitizenScience:ProductsofOurEnvironment

Overview:

AllspeciesoflifeonEarthreactwiththeelementsintheirenvironments.Somespeciesadaptto

procreate,someadapttolimitedfoodsources,andothersadaptinwaysnotyetexploredby

modernscientists.Ourjobashumansandasmusiciansisalsotointeractwithourenvironment

anditsmanyelements.

Objective:

Learnhowdifferentspeciesofbirdsinteractwithotherspeciesandoftheirownspecies;how

theyinteractwiththeirenvironmentsandhowtheirenvironmentsshapetheiractionsaswellas

theirbeautifulcalls.AttheendofthedaystudentswillbetterunderstandtheScientificMethod

andhowtheycanuseitinothercontextsthatinterestthem.

QuestionstoProvokeThought

1. Whocandefinewhatascientistis?

2. Doesanybodyknowwhatacitizenscientistis?

a. Canwefigureitoutbybreakingitdown?

3. Whowantstobeascientistwhentheygetolder?

a. Whowantstobeascientistrightnow!

1. Whocantelluswhatthescientificmethodis?

a. Wherehaveyouseenoruseditbefore?

b. Doyouthinkwecoulduseitinmusic?

i.

How?

2. Howmanystepsareinthescientificmethod?

a. Whatarethey?

Setting:

LocalPark.Studentswillbeallowedtoobservehowbirdsinteractwiththeirenvironments/other

livingthings.Dotheyreacttohumanpresence?Studentswillkeepadiaryofthebirdthatthey

seeandwhatitdoes­iftheyobservetwoofthesametypeofbirdtheywilllogthesimilarities

anddifferences.Theprimaryconcernisn’tthetypeofbird,buthoweachbirdfitsintotheir

environment.

Procedure:

1. Formgroupsof4­5people.

2. Comeupwithaquestion.Whatdoyouwanttoknowaboutbirdsandhowtheyinteract

withtheirenvironments(andchangesintheirenvironments)?

3.

Constructahypothesisforyourquestion.Examplesinclude:

a.

b. “Wethinkthat

c. “Wepredictthatthisbirdwill

d.

“If

than

willhappenwhen

because

“Ifwedo

to/atthebirdthantheywillrespondby

4.

Keepadiary(asdetailedasispossible)ofthebirdsthatareseenandwhattheydo.

a. Didtheyreacttohumans?How?

b. Weretheyinteractingwithotherlivingornon­livingthings?How?

c. Whatdidthebirdsdo?

 

i. Weretheyeating?Whatweretheyeating?Howisthewaythattheyeat differentfromanotherbirdthatyounoticedeating? 1. Samequestionsforhowtheytravel,howtheysing,andhowthey completeotherdailytasks.

5.

Nowinteractwiththebirds.

a.

CHOOSEONE:Makeasinglenoiserepeatedly,makeasinglemovement

 

repeatedly,ORmakeasinglecallrepeatedlytopurposefullyinteractwiththe

birdsthatyouareobserving.

6.

Discussasasmallgroupwhatthegeneralobservationswere.

a.

DidyoufolloweachstepoftheScientificmethod?Ifnot,pleaseanswerthose

 

questionsnow.

i. Whatisyourquestion?

ii. Whatisyourhypothesis?

iii. Whatdidyoudotochangethebird’senvironment?

iv. Howdidthebirdsreacttothischangeintheirenvironment?Wasitwhat

youexpected?

v. Makeyourconclusion.Didyourexperimentandobservationsansweryour

question?Diditchangehowyouthink?Inwhatways?

7.

Shareyourfindingswiththeclass.Didyounoticehoweverybody’squestionswere

(probably)different?

a. Whatdidyoulearnfromyourclassmate’sexperiments?

b. Howdoyouthinkthistiesintomusic?(Nowronganswers)

i. Whyisitimportanttotalkaboutnatureandmusicashavingsimilarities

anddifferences?

ii. Howarehumanssimilartobirds?Dohumansinteractwiththeir

environmentsandrespondtochanges(bothunexpectedandexpected)?

1. Dothesechangesmakeanimpactonmusic?How?

2. Wouldyouchangethewayyoumademusicifyousuddenlyfound

outalotofgreatnews?Whataboutbadnews?

FinalThoughts:

Humansarejustasmuchaproductoftheirenvironmentasbirds(oranyotheranimals)would

be.Wereacttochangesinemotion,setting,andtheotherlivingandnon­livingthingswe

interactwithonadailybasis.Byobservingbirdsintheirnaturalhabitatalongsidebirdswho

haveexperiencedadisturbance(theexperimentinthiscase)studentswillrecognizejusthow

everypieceoftheenvironmentworkstogetherandhowonelittlethingcanchangehowanimals

behave.Connectingthelessonstaughtintheirscienceclasswithmusicclass,studentswilllearn

howtousewhattheyknowaboutscienceandapplyittobroaderconcepts(Inthiscase,how

musicianreacttochangesinemotions,changesinenvironment,gettinggood/badnews,etc.).

Studentswillleavewiththeideathattheycanbecitizenscientistsandconductexperimentson

theirown­itdoesn’tjusthavetobeaboutsciencetopics.Learningtothinkinabroadercontext

andapplythescientificmethodtoanyexperimentthatstudentswanttolearnaboutisgreatly

usefulinhelpingstudentsmotivatethemselves.