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Math/Science Project: Inquiry Based Research for Entomology and Plant Taxonomy of Oklahoma
Southwest Region, July 7, 2008
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Dr. Jack Tyler from Cameron University helps teachers determine the floral formula of a flower.
Dr. Jack Tyler from Cameron University helps teachers determine the floral formula of a flower. - Photo Credit: n/a
Temple Middle School teacher, Terri Hooper, uses an insect field guide to determine the type of pollinator visiting the Echinacea plant she is studying.
Temple Middle School teacher, Terri Hooper, uses an insect field guide to determine the type of pollinator visiting the Echinacea plant she is studying. - Photo Credit: n/a
Teachers from Duncan Public Schools carefully record observations during their pollinator and plant experiment.
Teachers from Duncan Public Schools carefully record observations during their pollinator and plant experiment. - Photo Credit: n/a

Math and Science teachers across the state of Oklahoma attended a 15-day summer workshop entitled "Math/Science Project: Inquiry Based Research for Entomology and Plant Taxonomy of Oklahoma".  The workshop was attended by over seventy sixth through twelfth grade teachers from 15 different school districts in Oklahoma.  The field portions of the workshop were held at the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge and in Beaver's Bend State Park.

 

The project integrated technology and field experiences to develop a complete and thorough examination of plant and insect ecosystems.  The teachers used the data they collected to compare and contrast the two different habitats. Teachers used digital cameras to document and identify native wildflowers and the insects that pollinate them.  Each teacher was responsible for producing an instructional "How To" DVD for their students and other teachers. Each instructional video meets or exceeds the Oklahoma P.A.S.S. objectives for math and science curriculum standards.

 


Contact Info: Martin Valdez, 505-248-6599, martin_valdez@fws.gov



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