2008-2009 Adams Middle School

Activities photos and more

Here are a selection of photos taken during some of the year's AMS activities, as well some drawings, notes, and letters produced by the students.

Keeping a Notebook

The students drew leaves with written descriptions.
 

The exercise gave the students practice in observation and description.
 

Another fine leaf drawing.
 
A Visit to the Berkeley Natural History Museums

Docents pointed out some of the more interesting plants at the Botanical Garden.

Some of the beautiful butterfly specimens in the Essig Museum of Entomology collections.

Pressed plant specimens fill this cabinet in the University and Jepson Herbaria.

A student answers a question about beetles at the Essig Museum.

Grad fellow Jenny McGuire talks about a whale skull in the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology.

Outside the Museum of Paleontology, Jenny tells the students about T. rex and Pteranodon.

A nicely labeled butterfly drawing by an AMS student.
 

A couple more student drawings done at the Essig Museum …
 

… and a couple more.
 
What's an Insect? Lookin' at Walking Stick Insects

Three student drawings of walking stick insects.
 

 
 
Observing Diversity and Similarities in Insect Orders

A student drawing of a moth with comments on differences and similarities between specimens in a drawer of butterflies and moths.
 

A student compares specimens in a drawer of dragonflies and damselflies.
 

Gordon explains the exercise to the students.

Students ponder a case containing a variety of flies.
 
The Moorea Connection

Students write descriptions of preserved specimens from the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology.

The descriptions, of a bobcat in this case, will be sent to students in Moorea, French Polynesia.

A student's drawing and description of a scrub jay.

One student's description of a fox squirrel.

Another description of a California quail.

A visiting Moorean teacher talks about the differences between American and Moorean children.

A student's description of Douglas fir, poison oak, and more.
 

A description of Douglas fir accompanied by a drawing.
 
The Great Fossil Find

Gordon and Jessica, in paleontologist attire, explain the Great Fossil Find.
 

Part of the exercise involved piecing together the "bones" of a fossil reptile.
 

Another fossil reptile under construction.
 
The Clipbird Lesson

Jessica explains how the Clipbirds exercise works.
 

Students begin "feeding" on "foods" of different sizes.
 

Greg tabulates the resulting data on the board.
 
Consequences of Variation

This walking stick insect assisted in the student-designed experiment.

Greg prepares to drop the walking stick to see how far it will glide.

Greg and Jenny measure the glide distance.

A student enters the data on the board.
 

Jenny takes another measurement.
 
Germinating Seeds

The students prepare to plant the treated seeds of California native plants in the schoolyard.
 

A student treats a seed with a chemical in an experiment to see how germination is affected.
 

Another group of students prepares its own seed treatment experiment.
The Effect of Extinction on the Ecological Web

A student looks through some of the interactions cards.
 

The game begins with each student (organism) possessing a certain number of "resource chips" (beans in this case).
 

A student reads one of the interactions cards to see which "organism" gains and which one loses resources.
River of Shame

Students begin drawing businesses, parks, schools, etc. along the river that drains to the Bay.

A student busy "building" on riverfront property.

These girls have added a business that manufactures and sells ice cream.

More structures go up along the river.

A farm with a big red barn is established near where the river empties into the Bay.

The students finish "construction" along the river.

Using color-coded stickers for different pollutants, the students see how their properties contribute to the overall pollution of the Bay.
 

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