The Sound of Cricketsby: James L. Larsen and Peggy LeMone

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With the range of conflicting ideas about issues such as climate change and global warming, it has never been more important to let our students outside—beyond the classroom door—to evaluate the validity of such claims by observing nature, collecting data, and providing evidence. The good news is that it has never been easier for students to gather and share data using the internet and programs such as Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE). This article presents one GLOBE scientist’s investigation of cricket chirping and its relation to temperature—which demonstrates the importance of gathering data and interpreting evidence for ourselves.

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  • on Thu Oct 21, 2010 8:27 PM

Activities described are easy to follow and instructions are clear. Not sure how relevant the activity would be to current national science standards other than testing a hypothesis. Overall, the activity lacks an engaging presence especially when the target age group is considered.

Kendra Young  (Lake Stevens, WA)
Kendra Young (Lake Stevens, WA)

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