Before the Holiday Break, students gave oral presentations to the rest of the class about our fieldtrips and school activities (above right).
Students kicked off the second semester with a tour to several of the Berkeley Natural History Museums. At the Essig Museum of Entomology, they had an opportunity
to view some of the exquisite collections of insects. They compared representatives of common
orders of insects and looked at numerous examples of mimicry. Students used a field trip
questionnaire (download a pdf or
Word file) to guide them during this exploration.
See photos from their visit.
Back in the classroom, students learned how to measure
and compare the biodiversity of two areas using two hypothetical spider populations. They looked at
species composition, density, and relative distributions and represented the data graphically for analysis.
For the remainder of the semester, students will be working on analyzing their own data by identifying and
classifying the specimens that we have collected and by comparing biodiversity between fall and spring,
and between the schoolyard and other sites where they collected.
The Egg Activity
Tree of Life Activity
Insect Collection lesson
Insect Curation lesson
Sampling and Comparing Biodiversity lesson
Insect curation handouts, pages 1 and
2 (pdfs); on pinning and labeling insects.
Insects vs. spiders handouts, one with labels, one
without labels (pdfs); on differences between insects
Insect orders handout (pdf); for recording insect
sightings in the field.
Insect worksheet (pdf or
Word file) with questions on various aspects of insects observed
in the UC Berkeley Essig Museum of Entomology.
BNHM virtual tour (pdf or
Word file); an intro to visiting the
Berkeley Natural History Museums (only three of the six museums are covered at the moment but the rest are on the way!).
Sagehen Creek Natural History Reserve Field Trip, October
21-23, 2005: Students traveled to the reserve to observe and collect a variety of plant and
Dow Wetlands Field Trip, December 9, 2005: Students collected
specimens at the wetlands in order to compare the biodiversity with that found on their school campus.
Essig Museum of Entomology Tour, February 9, 2006: Students observe
and answer questions about various aspects of lepidoptera, hymenoptera, coleoptera, and mimicry in insects.
May 13th Celebration: In celebration of their year's achievements, the
students of Pittsburg High School prepared PowerPoint presentations and posters representing the activities of
the year. Students shared field trip experiences and results of school projects. We thank
Joni Grisham and her
students for a wonderful year.
2004-2005 PHS activities
2003-2004 PHS activities