Reflection: Safety Stream Monitoring Field Tests - Section 1: Making Observations


Field work can be highly rewarding and engaging for students. Field work does, however, create a unique challenge for the teacher. Creating safety rules and setting behavior expectations for students prior to engaging in field work is crucial to the success of the lesson.

As stated in the lesson introduction, I require all students to sign a safety contract prior to completing any lab work. Prior to taking students outdoors, I create a set of field work rules and behavior expectations for students. The three field work rules are:

1. Stay within the teacher's line of sight. (no exploring the forests that surround the stream or wandering away from the group)

2. Follow directions the first time they are given.

3. Use materials appropriately. (This includes wearing goggles during chemical tests and disposing of materials properly.)

I also provide a list of consequences for infractions. These include taking a time out, writing a safety plan, or losing the privilege of participating in future trips.

Taking the time to set expectations prior to field work helps all students safely and appropriately engage in lab work outdoors.

  Establishing Expectations for Student Success
  Safety: Establishing Expectations for Student Success
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Stream Monitoring Field Tests

Unit 6: Watersheds and Water Quality
Lesson 7 of 10

Objective: SWBAT conduct tests of water quality and record their results.

Big Idea: Tests of water quality allow us to make judgments about water quality. Scientists record and share data from their scientific tests.

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Science, Human Impact on Earth, water, Environmental Education
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