Hi! My name is Ms. Hoskins. Please join me while I travel to Maryland to study Climate Change and Fragmented Forests!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Fall foliage

Fall foliage in Maryland.  I can hardly wait. I just hope the leaves haven't all fallen by the time I get there!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

The state flag of Maryland is quite colorful and very different from our Texas state flag. How is this flag different from our flag? 

Texas is known as the "Lone Star State". Do some quick research and find the motto of Maryland. Next do research to discover what the symbols and colors on the Maryland flag stand for.

Travel Plans

October 1, 2009

I have all my travel plans finalized. I am very excited as I have never been to Maryland. I am going to arrive the day before my fellowship begins so I hope I have time to take pictures of the area. All the students are giving me advise as to what I should take photos of and they are interested in which ones I will put up on the blog.

Many students are interested in whether or not I will get to see any fall foliage. We don't see much of this in the Houston area. Students are busy searching the Internet for pictures of fall foliage scenes and they want me to try to find some pictures of my own of foliage scenes to send back to them.

One thing I asked the students to do was to research why some trees produce fall foliage and others don't. Then they are going to research the five most common trees in our area and compare this list to the five most common trees found in Maryland.

Friday, September 18, 2009

The long wait is over. I applied for an Earthwatch Fellowship last January and received notice in May I was in the running to receive an award, but final decisions would not be made until August.

I hate waiting.

It was a relief to finally get word I was picked to participate in the "Fragmented Forest" Research at the Smithsonian Research Facility in Maryland. All the students at school and my fellow teachers began to make plans to incorporate my field experience into their classroom plans and everyone was so excited.

And then reality hit.

I had to make a blog (I have never even seen a blog), learn how to download pictures and video onto my blog (I have a camera with film), and learn to use scientific instruments (what exactly is a dendrometer??).

But I am still so excited.

Everyone tells me blogging is simple. I bought a digital camera that also video tapes (the book with all the directions is longer than a novel), and the science teachers are going to tutor me on the proper way to use scientific instruments.

Let the adventure begin!