Disadvantages Of Citizen Science

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1. Inquiry, inquiry based learning, is when simple observations turn into a curious question like “Why does it do that?” “Why does it change colors?” “What makes it move?”. Then that simple observation will catalyze an experiment, causing the individual to make a discovery proving that their idea is right or wrong. They will learn through trial and error, they will be able to grasp why something is the way it is or why that happens.
2. An example of a guided inquiry project I could facilitate with 5th grade students would be “How do abiotic and biotic factors in an ecosystem interact and help each other?” This would be excellent in stimulating their minds because they would have to take into question of how non-living things and living things
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Citizen science is a science that anyone can participate in like children, adults and any one who has or doesn’t have a science background. These individuals who participate in citizen science do it voluntarily and want to give back to the science community.
2. Benefits to using citizen science in an elementary classroom are for one it gets the students out in the field and exploring their creativity, and allowing them to investigate record data. However there are disadvantages to using citizen science, for one the data can be completely biased as well as the teacher may not be trained to lead citizen science effectively.
3. An example of how I can engage my students in a citizen science project would be to go to a local lake over a series of months and count the fish in the lake for about an hour once a week. My students and I would be helping a local fish and game in providing a somewhat accurate reading of the total fish population to help with their data. I would create this by introducing them to a unit on the ecosystem and the food web chain, as well as talk about key species and how if one species is wiped out of a certain ecosystem it can have a chain reaction.
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Understand how even the difference of fur color can increase or decrease the chances of an organisms livelihood. ENGAGEMENT
I would capture the students interest by starting out with showing the class a video on evolution and then ask them questions like “Why did the fox with the brown fur survive better in the forest than the fox with the white fur?” I’d engage them in lively conversation about what other factors could contribute to evolution, they will discuss this in groups of 3-4 for about 10 minutes, then we’d discuss what they think influences change in evolution. Questions students would ask themselves after the engagement is: “Why’d dinosaurs go extinct?” or “Why would the color of the foxes fur matter with evolution?”

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