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Links needed in addition to photograhs020:05, 30 March 2009
Required changes016:55, 11 February 2009
Dried plants001:31, 25 January 2009
Great start!023:28, 18 January 2009

Links needed in addition to photograhs

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Formatting links[edit | edit source]

There are a few ways to create links to external web sites in the wiki.

Descriptive option for use in text[edit | edit source]

The best type of link for most situations includes a description of the linked site. This description appears as the title of the link e.g. Useful Web Site. To create a link like this just type a link and the description, separated by a space and enclosed in single square brackets: [http://www.exelearning.org Useful Web Site]. This will create a link to the Useful Web Site that appears like this: Useful Web Site and should be used in conjunction with the full citation in literature cited.

Footnote format[edit | edit source]

Enclosing the link in single square brackets without providing a description: [http://www.exelearning.org] ...will display the link as a number in brackets, like this: [1]. This format looks like a footnote and it should be used in conjunction with numbered full citations in literature cited.

For your citations section[edit | edit source]

Type in the full URL for the link: http://www.exelearning.org The wiki treats this text as a link like this: http://www.exe.learning.org and will display full web address. Use this format in your citations section so that users can work from a printout if needs be; avoid using this format in the main text of your lesson. This material adapted from here Once changes have been made, you should delete the text ''{{Links}}''from your page.

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Pictures[edit | edit source]

This lesson plan desperately needs photographs illustrating the concepts. The lesson works very well, but photographs would illustrate to other teachers just how well it works. Once changes have been made, you should delete the text ''{{Pictures}}''from your page.

Dmccabe (talk)20:05, 30 March 2009

Required changes

Most important: You need photographs on line. Follow these format guidelines:

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Formatting figures[edit | edit source]

Any photograph, map, diagram, or handout that is embedded in your wiki counts as a figure. Tables should be handled differently.

Adding numbered captions to your figures can simplify your writing. You can refer a reader to a picture as simply as this: (Fig 1). No need to say see below or to the right of this text, particularly when the figure may move depending on the window size in which the page is viewed. So, I suggest captions like this: Figure 1. Enough detail following the figure number to orient the reader to the image. Figure captions do not work well in the Rich Text editor, so it may be worth turning that off to edit captions. The following image and caption was added to this page using this syntax:[[Image:RainbowHypothesis.jpg|Figure 1: Students generating hypotheses|thumb]]

Figure 1: Students generating hypotheses

Once changes have been made, you should delete the text ''{{Figures}}''from your page.

Primary biological content area covered: Specifically what adaptations; this is too vague

Materials: be more explicit about the frame/hoop used for the window screen; add a photograph.

Connection to scientific method and particularlly hypothesis testing is absent. This is more of an art project as presented. I know that you made scientific connections and discussed where paper comes from, recycling, conservation of resources, but that does not show up well in your lesson plan. Add a handout that explicitly diagrams the process from tree to page with a word bank for students to use to illustrate that process. Be more explicit about the hypothesis testing or cut it out. In the absence of information, the kids will have a hard time coming up with a hypothesis. You have not reflected on the hypothesis testing; perhaps list some of the hypotheses to better illustrate this.

Hand out section. Add the handout here and explain how it will be used.

Activity description: This section looks good. Change only those parts that will bring discussion of science in here. Also encourage the use of real towels to reduce waste. Finally I suggest that you say 'partially dried' for the last bullet point.

Lesson plan: Work in the past tense

Word bank: Expand this. What other useful words can be inserted here?

Connections to standards. Check each connection in light of your work and confirm that there is a realistic connection; otherwise don't claim a connection.

Citations and links: List some of the many places where others have tried variations on this activity

Finally, spell and grammar check!

dmccabe 16:55, 11 February 2009 (UTC)

Dmccabe (talk)16:55, 11 February 2009

Dried plants

Also, I have acquired some dried plants from Prof. Hope. They are left from a Fall course, are nicely pressed, and will be disposed of unless we use the first. Dmccabe 01:31, 25 January 2009 (UTC)

Dmccabe (talk)01:31, 25 January 2009

Great start!

This is great. I'm glad to see you getting this moving along. I added the standard template stuff that includes suggestions. I'll leave it to you to put things where you want them. Dmccabe 23:28, 18 January 2009 (UTC)

Dmccabe (talk)23:28, 18 January 2009