The Collection Connection Worksheet
Environmental science, life science, language arts/writing.
Students will learn about museums of natural history, science libraries, and research scientists. They will also begin to learn about the "Linking" database and how to use it.
Objectives:The students will be able to:
- Explain the roles of a museum of natural history
- Describe the audiences of a museum of natural history
- Explain the similarities of museums and libraries
- Explain why scientists take different kinds of specimen samples from nature
- Describe how scientists at the Florida Museum of Natural History keep track of the specimens they find in the field
Materials:Each student will need the following:
- Computer with internet access
- Pen or pencil
- Copy of the collection database activity
- Copy of the collection writing assignment
- Print out a copy of the collection database activity and the collection writing assignment. Photocopy enough for everyone in your class.
- Make sure the computers are ready for the students so there is no lost time. Put the Linking home page up on each computer: http://purl.fcla.edu/fcla/lfnh.
- Pass out the collection database activity (this one must be filled out while reading the background information).
- The students start at the "Linking" home page, click on "Curriculum Materials," click on "The Collection Connection: Natural History Museums and Libraries," and then click on "Collection Overview."
- Ask them to read the collection overview and complete the collection database activity.(40-60 minutes)
- Pass out the museum writing assignment and ask the students to complete it.(30 minutes)
Total Time estimates:
Two 50 minute class periods or less