Bugscope

Session 2013-104 with Robert Hunter School

Application

The School

School Name Robert Hunter School
School Homepage http://www.frsd.k12.nj.us/site/Default.aspx?PageID=1781
Location Hunterdon New Jersey, United States
Community Suburban
Type Public

The Class

Subjects Taught technology, science, social studies
Grades Taught 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade
Number of Students 400

The Project

Project Title Insects: Up Close and Personal
Insects To Study < LEFT BLANK >
Project Description The topic of this design is Insects, and it will focus on and incorporate the following components of a Learning Community as defined by Bielaczyc and Collins, 1999: • students have responsibility for their own learning and the learning of others • common goals - learning about insects and sharing what we have learned with others • continual questioning and discussion to examine progress • collective knowledge vs. individual knowledge • depth over breadth of topic • role of teacher as facilitator I am a technology teacher at an elementary school and I usually integrate science into my lessons. The first graders study insects in the spring and Bugscope will be a culminating activity after students have studied insects in their classroom. I read about the Bugscope project last spring in my graduate course and we tried it last year. It was a great success and deepened students’ understanding of insects. After we participated in the Bugscope project, the children did reflections about what they had learned. We then combined the project into a digital movie. We will do the same again this year. I posted a link to the live session transcript on my website and also included their reflections. Many children shared these artifacts at home with their families.

Miscellaneous

Where did you hear about Bugscope? I participated in this project last year.

Live Session Transcript