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Signs of the Seasons: Phenology Snapshots

Students compare phenology of the current season with historical phenology changes by comparing dated historical photos with present-day photos of the same locations. Created by Signs of the Seasons: A Maine Phenlogy Program.

Signs of the Seasons: Bird Feeder Notebook

Watch a feeder as a group/class and keep records of what you see. Compare your notebook with historical records for the same species in your area, if you can find any. Created by Signs of the Seasons: A Maine Phenology Program.

Signs of the Seasons: Species Life Cycles

Use the Signs of the Seasons life cycle calendar activity to draw two species that depend on one another for food, pollination, reproduction, or habitat (such as the monarch caterpillar and common milkweed). Created by Signs of the Seasons: A Maine Phenology Program.

Signs of the Seasons: Plant and Animal Life Cycle Drawings

Instead of the traditional circle-shaped life cycle drawings that you see in many books, have your group/class use their species observations to help them draw a life cycle for one or more of their SOS species that is stretched out in a line and matched to the dates on a calendar year (estimate, based on guidebook information, if you didn’t observe all phenophases). Created by Signs of the Seasons: A Maine Phenology Program.

Signs of the Seasons: Phenology Calendar Activity

Students create a month-by-month phenology calendar on a chalkboard, whiteboard, or large sheets of paper hung up around the room. Created by Signs of the Seasons: A Maine Phenology Project.

Citizen Science Projects in the Classroom

This powerpoint was utilized in a 300-level teacher training class at the University of Arizona. It would also be appropriate for a teacher training workshop at a site or as an in-service activity at a school. The course is being taught again and the agenda will be updated, so as it changes, updates will be placed here. 

The card game used at the beginning of the lesson was developed by Alisa Hove and Sara Healy from the University of California, Santa Barbara's Phenological Stewardshop Program.

Boys & Girls Club Phenology Activity

Lesson plan for a phenology activity given at Boys & Girls Clubs in Tucson. Students are introduced to phenology with interactive activities, then use Nature's Notebook to make observations on plants near their clubhouse.

A Season for Inquiry: Investigating Phenology in Local Campus Trees - Supplemental Materials

Supplemental materials for semester long lesson plan created for a college level Introductory Biology laboratory class. Contains background information, activities for 15 weeks of in-lab and out-of-lab classes (including materials and methods), and full references. Created by Tammy Long and Sara Wyse at Michgan State University.

A Season for Inquiry: Investigating Phenology in Local Campus Trees

This lesson was for a higher education lab course investigating the phenology of plants throughout the semester on campus.

Seminar Module 9 - Socio-phenology

Seminar series created by Alisa Hove, Brian Haggerty, and Susan Mazer at UC Santa Barbara.

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