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Hi, Deer!
Student Activity Steps

Introductory Activity:
Step 1.    Discuss the ways in which scientists work.
Step 2.    Answer the Focus for Media Interaction question after viewing a video clip.
Step 3.    Answer the Focus for Media Interaction question after working with the Internet interactive map.
Step 4.    Use the KWL Organizer to record what you know and what you would like to know about deer behavior and ecology.
Step 5.    Add to and/or change your ideas after you confer with other students.


Learning Activities:
Step 1.    Spend 15 minutes with your team in Internet research to determine if your K's are correct and to try to answer as many W's as possible. Make the necessary corrections to your organizers during the sharing.
Step 2.    Answer the Focus for Media Interaction question after viewing a video clip.
Step 3.    Think-Team-Share: How do scientists count a deer population? Work individually for 2 minutes and write in your journals what you know. Share your ideas with your teammates and add new ideas in your journal. If there is disagreement, try to come to consensus.
Step 4.    Read your role aloud to your teammates. Managers get a box and animal key. Study and discuss the key. Make sure you know what each type of bean represents.
Step 5.    The following is done 4 times, once for each team member. Researchers shake the box. When you are given the start signal, researchers open both flaps, the first student records what he or she sees, and the researcher closes the flaps when given the stop signal. Record what you saw on your recording sheet.
Step 6.    Record in your journals the difficulties you had in counting. Answer Focus for Media Interaction question.
Step 7.    When Day Two comes, follow the same Step 5 procedure. Record results in your table. Day Three is a rainy day. Follow almost the same Step 5 procedure, but this time lift only the top flap so you have to count through the wax paper. Record results in your table. When Day Four comes, follow the same Step 5 procedure. Record results in your table. Record in your journals the difficulties you had in counting on Days Two, Three, and Four. Was a rainy day any more difficult?


Culminating Activity/Assessment:
Step 8.    Predict the total number of adult, juvenile, and young deer based on your observations. Record your reasoning in your journals.
Step 9.    Answer the Focus for Media Interaction question. Revise your KWL Organizer if necessary.