Robert Hunter School
Session 2013-104



Name Robert Hunter School
Web site http://www.frsd.k12.nj.us/site/Default.aspx?PageID=1781
Location Hunterdon, New Jersey, United States
Community Suburban
Type Public


Subjects technology, science, social studies
Grades 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade
Students 400


Title Insects: Up Close and Personal
Description The topic of this design is Insects, and it will focus on and incorporate the following components of a Learning Community as defined by Bielaczyc and Collins, 1999: • students have responsibility for their own learning and the learning of others • common goals - learning about insects and sharing what we have learned with others • continual questioning and discussion to examine progress • collective knowledge vs. individual knowledge • depth over breadth of topic • role of teacher as facilitator I am a technology teacher at an elementary school and I usually integrate science into my lessons. The first graders study insects in the spring and Bugscope will be a culminating activity after students have studied insects in their classroom. I read about the Bugscope project last spring in my graduate course and we tried it last year. It was a great success and deepened students’ understanding of insects. After we participated in the Bugscope project, the children did reflections about what they had learned. We then combined the project into a digital movie. We will do the same again this year. I posted a link to the live session transcript on my website and also included their reflections. Many children shared these artifacts at home with their families.


Where did you hear
about Bugscope?
I participated in this project last year.