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  • Report from Beers Street Middle School (debate-lfrf-digest)
  • RE: Signs of spring? (debate-lfrf-digest)
  • Our Picutures Are Online (debate-lfrf-digest)
  • [none] (debate-lfrf-digest)
  • Biodiversity (debate-lfrf-digest)
  • Correction to our web address (debate-lfrf-digest)
  • Central East Middle Update (debate-lfrf-digest)
  • For Class Debate (debate-lfrf-digest)
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  • I NEED YOUR HELP (debate-lfrf-digest)
  • biodiversity survey (debate-lfrf-digest)
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    debate-lfrf-digest V1 #2

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    debate-lfrf-digest Monday, March 23 1998 Volume 01 : Number 002


    Date: Mon, 16 Mar 1998 10:38:14 -0500

    Getting Started

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    Hi everyone,

    My classes are starting their preparation for the "Backyard Biodiversity"
    Survey. Last week we went outside to write a general description of our
    backyard. You should have received Amy's description which was posted to
    the list last week.

    Today we are going outside again to take a closer look. Working in teams my
    students went out with meter sticks and made a square with the meter
    sticks. First we made general observations about our square meter. Then we
    got down on our hands and knees, some with dissecting gloves in case there
    was anything crawling around in there, to see what we could find. It is
    still very cold in NJ at this time of year, so we weren't as successful as
    we might be in a couple of weeks.

    Over the next day or two, we have to share the phone line, my students will
    be posting their observations to the list. Later tonight I will have
    pictures of our trip outside on our classroom web page at Take a look!

    We would like to hear from the other classes out there!

    Eileen Bendixsen
    Beers Street Middle School


    Date: Mon, 16 Mar 1998 10:40:17 -0500

    Report from Beers Street

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    Our names are Chris, Mike, and Alan from Beer Street Middle School. It's
    Monday the 16th at 9:09 am the temperature is 5C or 35F. We have had no
    progress so far. Its cold, sunny, and a little windy. We have moved to
    about 3 or 4 locations. The first location was grassy. The second was also
    grassy but mostly dead. The third had only patches of grass. The fourth was
    muddy we hope to have better progress next time.

    Talk to you soon!


    Date: Mon, 16 Mar 1998 13:24:23 -0500

    Report from Beers Street Middle School

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    We're from Beers Street Middle School. Our names are Angela, Stephanie,
    Malinda, and James. We went outside and it was 5C, and 35F. It was sunny,
    windy, and cold. We made a square out of yard sticks. In it we found 2
    worms and we found another one underneath. We also saw a lot of grass.

    Talk to you soon!!!

    Stephanie, Angela, Malinda, & James


    Date: Tue, 17 Mar 1998 02:54:34 GMT

    RE: Signs of spring?

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    Hi to all,
    Here the weather is really terribel.
    Since two weeks it is rainy and very cold. Something strange for this time.
    Usually the weather here is very nice, and the vegetation is really abundant.

    Ok, I thinks thats all I can tell you.

    Anything elese you want to know, please, no dount in ask me.

    Best wishes.


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    Date: Mon, 16 Mar 1998 22:52:42 -0500

    Our Picutures Are Online

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    We had a very exciting day going out and beginning our work for the
    "Backyard Biodiversity" Survey. We will be posting more of our messages to
    the debate list tomorrow.

    The pictures are now on my web page. My classes will be adding text and
    additional pictures by the end of the week.

    The url is



    Date: Tue, 17 Mar 1998 11:47:36 PST


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    Hi! Our names are Ailinne Espinoza and Irina Bromberg and we would like
    to participate in your debate. We are in the seventh grade at the Mott
    Hall School in New York City. At the beginning of the year (early fall,
    early October) our class went to our school's backyard and collected
    organisms along with the plants we found them on. Our backyard is
    directly behind our school. While the seventh grade collected organisms
    in the area the fourth grade did an identification of plants in the
    area; including the labeling and identification of trees and flowers.
    For further information on the fourth grade area study check out our
    school's web site at:
    and click on "Explorations of Our Urban Environment"

    After doing this experiment with our class and reading your web site we
    have decided that as our science fair project this year we will be
    working with insects and other arthropods. We will examine the
    organisms our class collected in early fall and match them up with the
    flower we found them on. After this is done we will pin them and then
    identify them. Then we will collect more organisms, match them with
    their flower, pin them, identify them and label them. Then we will
    compare these organisms with the ones we found in early fall. After this
    we will ask ourselves questions like:

    1.- Why was this organism alive in fall and not now?
    2.- What is the relationship between the climates? organisms? where we
    found them?

    Please write back to us and tell us your comments, ideas, and

    questions. We will be glad to answer back. Thank-you.

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    Date: Tue, 17 Mar 1998 14:19:10 -0600 (CST)


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    Dear colleagues,
    Eileen asked me to re-post (I shared it on 'discuss-lfrf') this
    poem....I think it would be great to share this with other classrooms
    and/or parents.
    Marilyn Weiser

    Also, does anyone have a lesson plan for teaching boys and girls how
    astronauts plan menus while in space? Please respond to Thanks.

    Biodiversity Rap-up
    by Brian Lloyd

    Wake up, everybody.
    Really open your eyes.
    Look outside the door--
    Youll see a major surprise.
    Its cooler than the Shaq Attack,
    Its hotter than Spike Lee.
    Its got more sounds and got more moves
    Than even MTV.

    Yeah, Im talking bout the places
    That span across this planet,
    And the host of crazy critters
    That we often take for granted.
    You dont need a diploma
    From a big university
    To learn the word for all this life

    BIODIVERSITY means difference
    In three kinds of scenes:
    And in our basic GENES.
    Dont freak if this sounds tricky,
    Stay cool, because Ill claim
    That all of this is simpler
    Than your average video game.

    HABITATS are places
    Made up of special features--
    Vegetation, nutrients,
    Climate, soils, and creatures.
    From Senegal to Central Park,
    From Haiti to Hong Kong,
    A healthy range of habitats
    Helps life keep going strong.

    SPECIES are the animals
    And plants that fill our nations--
    From cockatoos to kinkajous,
    From melons to carnations.
    Species pollinate our crops,
    Theyre mascots for our teams,
    They give us food and medicines,
    They dazzle life and dreams.

    GENES are what determine
    How populations vary--
    How tall we are, how strong we are,
    How intelligent, how hairy.
    A healthy, varied gene pool
    Makes all of life more brilliant,
    And species in the face of change
    Are adaptable, resilient.

    Now I hate to be a downer,
    I hate to burst your bubble.
    But you ought to know the truth:
    Biodiversitys in trouble.
    The reason? People everywhere
    Pollute and build and grow.
    The wildest life will be in malls
    Unless we stop, you know.

    A world with only cities?
    A little dull, Id think.
    A world with only roaches?
    Now that would really stink.
    A world without a range on genes?
    Now that would be a grim one.
    Imagine every human being
    A clone of Homer Simpson?

    Protect our many races,
    Said Martin Luther King.
    Protect the tribes and forests
    Of the Amazon, says Sting.
    From decades past to present day
    The rally cry has grown:
    Diversitys what lifes about--
    We cant survive alone.

    Deserts, peat bogs,
    Passion fruit, and tree frogs.
    Spiders, seaweed,
    Centipedes, and sheep dogs
    Mule deer, killdeer,
    Crocodile, and ginkgo.
    Diversitys dull?
    No, I dont think so.


    Date: Tue, 17 Mar 1998 14:56:55 PST

    Correction to our web address

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    We sent a message about our school study of our backyard, but we made a
    mistake in the address. We put ".com" on the end by accident. Our
    correct school web page address is
    and click on "Explorations of Our Urban Environment"


    Ailinne and Irina

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    Date: Wed, 18 Mar 1998 07:40:11 -0500

    Central East Middle Update

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    My name is Phuong Le from Central East Middle School. On March 17,1998
    around 1:30 my class went outside and observed the yard of our school. It
    was 48 degrees F. outside but it was sunny and clear. When we were outside
    we saw grass, pebbles, rocks, woodchips,leaves, soil, a red feather,
    plastic, and a glass bottle buried under a tree.
    Today it is raining so we won't be going outside to observe the yard.
    Phuong Le
    Deborah Bambino

    Central East Middle School
    210 E. Courtland St.
    Phila., PA 19120
    fax: 215-456-5614


    Date: Wed, 18 Mar 1998 07:39:47 -0500

    For Class Debate

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    Hello BB Researchers,

    We seem to be getting some information on current weather conditions in
    various areas. That probably means we all think that knowing about local
    weather conditions is important when studying the organisms that live in
    it. Now let's take a look at the area we are examining.

    How large an area should be surveyed by the entire class?

    Consider these issues:

    Should all classes be using approximately the same size area in which to
    conduct their biodiversity survey?

    If so, what size should that area be--approximately?

    Should classes examine that area and take the survey more than one time?

    Would there be valuable information gathered by using the same area and
    gathering information over a longer period of time? Should we go to the
    same area to gather data once a week? For how many weeks? More than
    once a week?

    Discuss these with your class and post your answers by Friday, March 20th.

    Let's see if we can get answers from classes that are located:

    *North of the Mason-Dixon Line

    *In a mountainous region

    *Near a beach

    *Where snow has fallen in the last week

    Let's all get our US maps handy.....let's see if we can locate the region

    the answers come from.


    Date: Wed, 18 Mar 1998 07:55:44 -0500

    Central East Middle

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    My name is Sopholly Thach from Central East Middle School. Around
    February it was supposed to snow but instead it rained. Yesterday my class
    went outside, we were observing the front yard of our school. We saw grass,
    pebbles, rocks, woodchips, leaves,soil, a red feather, plastic and a glass
    bottle that was buried underground.Yesterday was 48 degrees F. but it was
    sunny and clear. We examined the front yard around 1:30pm.
    Sopholly Thach
    Deborah Bambino

    Central East Middle School
    210 E. Courtland St.
    Phila., PA 19120
    fax: 215-456-5614


    Date: Thu, 19 Mar 1998 18:38:57 GMT


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    Hi to all,

    I wrote all you five days ago, and until now I am waiting for your answers.
    I reply again because four days ago I had a power failure and lost
    everythingh, so I think that I had lost messages from you.

    Here I a sending you my old message, call HELP NEEDY, please, an you take
    just a little of your valius time to reply it to me?.

    It is for get a schoolarship of the Space Camp.

    I really need your help to prube that I am on this list.

    Hopping with all my heart your help.

    Thanks a lot in advance for your help and time



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    Date: Fri, 20 Mar 1998 11:18:21 -0400

    biodiversity survey

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    Hello everybody!

    I took my classes outside yesterday to take advantage of the
    beautiful weather (the only day this week) to do the biodiversity
    study. I took all three classes outside so I have three sets of
    results but all three are very similar.
    I had intended to let the students send the messages themselves, but
    most of our computer lab is down today (figures), so I am doing it
    with only one student. She has entered the findings below:

    Hi my name is Rhonda I am in Ms. Coleman's science class. Yesterday
    when we went out in first the temp was 18c and the time was 9:30 EST.
    What we found was
    Field grasses
    leaves loak
    tree seedings
    dead tree/bruck /stump
    wild strawberry plant
    broken stems

    The second class went out at 10:30 AM EST, and the temp was 20 degrees
    C. They also found (different things from the first class): mold,
    briars, new growth on a tree, pine needles, water puddles, fungus,
    poison oak, worms, moss, and heard frogs and birds chirping.

    The last class went out at 1:30 pm, and the temperature was 25
    degrees C. They saw (different from the other two classes) ants,
    holly leaves and bushes, clover, a pine tree, berries, a worm, a
    beetle, and some trash.

    Heidi Coleman
    "What a long strange trip it's been"


    Date: Fri, 20 Mar 1998 11:25:27 -0400

    info you might want to see

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    Hello again everyone!

    My principal just gave me some information directly relating to the
    Costa Rican rain forest. I am in North Carolina, and I don't know
    what availability other states will have, but Blue Ridge Electric is
    giving out a Teacher's Resource Kit in celebration of Earth Day. In
    it are two large posters (a map of Costa Rica and a list of
    threatened plants and animals) and five pages of questions and

    answers for debate in a classroom. I must admit some of it is
    propaganda from electric companies, but nonetheless it does have some
    good information and ideas.
    Here are several addresses for Blue Ridge Electric that you might be
    interested in contacting for the information.
    Caldwell District Office
    PO Box 112
    Lenoir, NC 28645
    (704) 754-9071

    Watauga District Office
    2491 US Hwy 421 S.
    Boone, NC 28607
    (704) 264-8894

    Ashe District Office
    716 Mt. Jefferson Rd.
    West Jefferson, NC 28694
    (910) 246-7138

    Alleghany District Office
    304 S. Main St.
    Sparta, NC 28675
    (910) 372-4646

    Hope all is well with all of you! Have a great rainforest adventure1

    Heidi Coleman
    Heidi Coleman
    "What a long strange trip it's been"


    Date: Fri, 20 Mar 1998 19:20:43 -0500

    Re: biodiversity survey

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    As I write this there is a horrid ice storm going on. The week has been
    cold, rainy and, even when it wasn't raining, muddy. We have chosen a site
    to survey that is a projection of the woods on the other side of the campus
    fence. The whole site is like a little 5m x 10m peninsula surrounded by
    lawn. With a student teacher delivering the science for these two weeks,
    LFRF is suspended for a bit. We still planned on taking one of the three
    classes out to survey, but not until the weather clears.

    However...WE ARE READY!

    Laura Bashlor
    Shumate Middle School


    Date: Mon, 23 Mar 1998 18:06:06 -0500

    From Size to Time

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    Last time we decided to conduct our surveys using a square meter.....It
    seems that many of us still are experiencing a wide range of weather
    conditions and those conditions can change rapidly. However, those that
    did make it outside used a square meter in which to conduct their surveys.
    Now lets look at how long a time period we should spend collecting data
    when we do go out to conduct the survey.

    How long a time period per observation will you use when you survey your

    _____time per observation

    Is it important to have everyone using the same amount of time? Why or
    why not?

    What data should be collected?

    Should we count every thing we find?

    What if we find something that was living but is not living now? Do we
    count it in our survey?

    How do we count plants? Is each plant counted separately? Or do we count
    only the kinds of plants? For example, grass. Do we record 987 grass
    blades or 1 kind of grass? What do you think we should do?

    How should data be recorded?
    common name
    scientific name -- genus and species
    family name

    This time, can we hear from a class that:

    *is south of the Mason-Dixon Line

    *falls along the 45 degree of latitude [+ or - 5 degrees]

    *lives in an area which has a team in the final four

    *has had sunshine for two days in a row

    *likes to be outside for class activities

    Try to have your posts online by 3:00 p.m. est Wednesday, March 25th.

    Have fun........



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