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Cat Tracker for Middleschools

We have a new Middle School curriculum developed around pet cat tracking.  This includes projects that can be done using data from Movebank, and instructions on how to track your own cat and contribute the data to movebank.   More details below as well.

 

 

 

Welcome to the Cat Tracker project, an exciting Citizen Science project you can use in the classroom. The resources we have provided will help you to plan and implement community-connected science, with an emphasis on thinking and working scientifically. But there’s more than science involved! These resources provide cross-curriculum links to mathematics, geography, history and the Arts.

Objectives:

·       Students will ask questions about domestic cats and design and conduct their own investigations based on their inquiry.

·       Students will communicate their findings to a broader community.

·       Students will calculate a cat’s home range using map data

·       Students will explore cultural and historical relevance of cats

·       Students will access and evaluate local laws related to cats and pet ownership

 

Project Pages:

Cat Tracker:  http://cats.yourwildlife.org/

Australian Cat Tracker:  http://www.discoverycircle.org.au/projects/cat-tracker/

 

Academic Standards Addressed

Next Generation Science Standards

MS-LS2-2.

Construct an explanation that predicts patterns of interactions among organisms across multiple ecosystems. [Clarification Statement: Emphasis is on predicting consistent patterns of interactions in different ecosystems in terms of the relationships among and between organisms and abiotic components of ecosystems. Examples of types of interactions could include competitive, predatory, and mutually beneficial.]

Science and Engineering Practices

 

1.     Asking Questions

2.     Developing and Using Models

3.     Planning and carrying out investigations

4.     Analysing and interpreting data

5.     Using mathematics and computational thinking

6.     Constructing explanations

7.     Engaging in arguments from evidence

8.     Obtaining, evaluating and communicating information.

For Australian Standard alignment, see packet contents