Instructions for Teachers           


1. First read the Guidelines and Background Information pages.
   This will give you a better understanding of the "what" and
   "why" of EcoSearch.

2. Go out and find a natural area to investigate.  Try to find one
    that still has some original vegetation left.  This could be a
    vacant lot, or it could be a city, county, state, or national park.

3. Log on to the EcoSearch website and begin the investigation.
    Assign the EcoSearch activities to individual students or teams.

4. Each activity includes an instruction page, an information page,
    and a data sheet.  The data sheet can be sent to us.

5. Make copies of the instructions and data sheets as necessary.

6. Take your students to the site that you have picked out.

7. Have your students carry out the activities.  Some data can
    be collected at the site.  Some data will be collected in the

8. Make use of the Glossary and Identification Pages to help
    you along.  Many glossary words have links to pictures also.

9. As you finish an activity, copy your data on to the data
    sheet for that activity.  Then send it to us.  If you like,
    our students can interact with your students in analyzing
    and discussing your data.

10. When you complete the entire EcoSearch Investigation,
     we will post your data on our Interactive Data Pages
     You and your students will be able to view your data and
     the data from other students on this site.  If you send
     us any photographs, we can post those also.

11. You may want to pick and choose which activities are
     appropriate for your individual students.  Check the
     link below for help deciding.


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