Field Notebooks

Field Notebooks:
Repeat Observations and Stories of Change

A.B. Williams on top of Beech tree blown over at North Chagrin Reservation, June 13, 1932

This lesson teaches students the art and science of keeping a field notebook. Students learn the basic methods of keeping a field notebook and the types of information and observations to record. Using examples from the A. B. Williams archival collection as inspiration, students make repeat observations of the same place or object. These observations track changes over time and are used by the students to summarize observations and to tell a story of change about the object or place they visited.

Materials and Resources

Field Notebook Repeat Observations and Stories of Change Lesson Plan