Levels of Participation - Roadkill Project

Entry - Trying the projects, learning how to follow protocol, sending the data in.

  • Count the roadkill in front of your house or on the way to school, or any where in the town.
    • Students will often tell me what they saw on vacation on in other towns, I keep a separate list for this.
  • Keep a record at your school to avoid duplication of data. (Students want to record, even if someone else has recorded it.)
    • List could contain: date, student's name, animal, street location, road type, what's nearby? (field, houses, etc.)
  • Send the data in to the database at the end of the week.

Exploratory - Hypothesizing, understanding variables, using your data, downloading data from other towns.

  • Students can suggest variables for their data
  • Hypothesize what will happen with their data
  • Hypothesize how their data will compare with other towns

Research - It is suggested that students design a research project centered around an established hypothesis.

Still not sure how/where to start? Try this . . .

[Suggested by Sheila Adams]
  1. Register for the program at the Roadkill website at http://roadkill.edutel.com/rkregistration.html
  2. Have the students record the roadkill they see for their town only. Keep this chart visible in the classroom. Discuss any patterns.
  3. Each week, tally the data and send it into the database.

Ready for more?
  1. Collect the data from your school only or try downloading data from the database at http://roadkill.edutel.com
  2. Before patterns can be distinguished, have the students hypothesize what might happen and what the variables may be.
  3. What does the data show? You can investigate your town only or look at other towns. Start by downloading the data from the website.
Questions? Email Sheila Adams at sadamsrjh at rcn.com