8th Grade Science
Arbor Park Middle School
Photo Nature Scavenger Hunt
You must collect 40 DIFFERENT pictures of items off of this list (there are over 70 items on this list to choose from). A group of 2 must collect 60 DIFFERENT pictures. You will be presenting them to the class. You can bring the pictures in on a CD / DVD, an SD chip or a flash drive. Don’t bring in the camera or phone. The project may be uploaded to YouTube, Flip-O-Gram or other video sharing site. You may have the pictures developed, but they must be displayed in some manner like in an album or on a poster. There will be a deduction not making a computer presentation. Make sure your name is on everything so I can get it back to you. Put your chip, drive, or cd in a clear sandwich bag and write your name on it before turning it in.
Only one picture from each listed item will count. 80 points of your grade will be based on the number of pictures you have off of the list. Each picture from the list has a value of two points - one point for the picture and one point for the quality of the pictures. Picture must be clear enough for me to identify what it is. Presentation is worth 20 points. Things like having them in order, labeling the pictures, creating a slide show, adding music, etc, all help your grade here. All points count, so it is important to turn in something. See the deductions section to see where points will be deducted for your presentation.
Pictures must be taken by you or your partner, unless someone is taking a picture for you so you can be in it. The pictures must be taken after January 1, 2017 – no old pictures. Each person in your group, including yourself, must show up in at least 5 of the pictures. Any use of copying, plagiarism, or forgery will be considered cheating. Cheating results in a grade of zero, as well as a written referral for further punishment. This means you also can’t cut pictures from the internet.
Remember – EACH ITEM ONLY COUNTS AS ONE PICTURE. (i.e. two pictures of a red flower will only count once!) Also, pictures of things not on the list have no point value. You must find pictures of nature items on the list.
This project will be due October ____. Any questions – email me. firstname.lastname@example.org
8th Grade Science
Arbor Park Middle School
Presentation Deductions (out of 20)
- 15 if not a computer presentation
- 15 out of order
- 10 if no labels
-5 if your presentation goes to fast.
- 5 no music
***You can’t lose more than 25 points for the presentation.
Deductions for Pictures
- 2 for each picture less than 40 (- 1.3 if in group less than 60)
- 2 for each picture less than 5 that you are not in.
- 1 for each really blurry picture
+2 for each video insert instead of a picture (max of 10 points)
+1 for every extra 2 pictures extra you have. (They still must be different)
Tips before preparing your presentation
1. Create a folder on your computer for your pictures and then add all pictures for your project to it. That way they are all in the same place.
2. Within the folder, put them in the order that they need to be in. One way to do this is to save each picture by the number that they are on the scavenger hunt list. Single digits should have a zero in front of them (01 Maple leaf, or 41 Lizard)
Tips for using PowerPoint
1. PowerPoint is great for adding text and effects
2. When you add a song to PowerPoint, it only adds a link to where that song is on your computer. Therefore when you bring your project in, the song does not come with it. I advise first saving the song to the flashdrive you will be using. Then, when you add the song to PowerPoint, add it from the song on the flashdrive. That way it is linked to the right place.
3. Once a song is added, you need to tell the program to play through all the slides, otherwise it will only play for that slide. You can access this in animations / custom animations. Select your song and then tell it play through however many slides you have. Newer versions will go to animations, select start, and select after previous.
Tips for Windows Movie Maker
1. First add photos. If you haven’t already placed them in order, then do this.
2. After you add a song, there is a button under “project” where you can tell it to fit to music. This way the slide show ends when the song ends!
3. On the home page there is a place to enter a title page, captions or labels for your pictures and a credits page at the end.
4. While working on the project it is ok to save it as “Save Project”. When you are done, IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOU SAVE IT AS “SAVE MOVIE” or “PUBLISH MOVIE”. If you don’t, then the pictures and music won’t come with you. You can also publish it directly to you tube if you have an account. I can present it from YouTube in class.
Scavenger Hunt List
1. Maple Tree Leaf 10. Fleshy fruit – a fruit or berry
2. Oak Tree Leaf 11. Dry Fruit – a nut of some kind
3. Compound leaf – Ash, Locusts, Walnuts, etc 12. Seed – other – pod, helicopter,
4. Pine or Spruce tree 13. Pinecone
5. Other Tree 14. Moss
6. Shrub / Bush 15. Lichen – crusty stuff on bark
7. Flower – pink or red 16. Grass
8. Flower – white or yellow 17. Cactus
9. Flower – purple or blue 18. Fern
19. Insect - Ant 38. Amphibian- Salamander or Newt
20. Insect – Bee or Wasp 39. Reptile - Alligator / Crocodile
21. Insect - Beetle (line down back) 40. Reptile - Lizard
22. Insect – Butterfly or Moth 41. Reptile - Snake
23. Insect - Caterpillar 42. Reptile - Turtle
24. Insect - Cicada 43. Bird in the water - duck, goose
25. Insect - Dragonfly 44. Bird on the ground
26. Insect – Fly 45. Bird in a tree
27. Insect - Grasshopper or Cricket 46. Birds of prey: hawk, eagle, etc
28. Insect - Praying Mantis 47. Mammals – Bear
29. Insect - other 48. Mammals – Canine: dog, coyote
30. Spider 49. Mammals - Cow / Horse
31. Centipede / Millipede 50. Mammals - Deer
32. Crustacean: crayfish, roly poly 51. Mammals - Feline: cat, lion, tiger
33. Snail or Slug 52. Mammal - Rabbit
34. Worm 53. Mammals – Raccoon
35. Fish 54. Mammals - Rodent: squirrel, mouse
36. Fish - must be different than 1st fish 55. Mammals – other
37. Amphibian – Frog or Toad
56. Animal Print 65. Cumulonimbus Cloud – thunderstorm
57. Bee Hive 66. Moon
58. Birds Nest 67. Rainbow
59. Spider web 68. Rock – make it a cool one!
60. Extra - Anything from nature 69. Still Water – Pond or Lake
61. Feather 70. Moving Water – River or Stream
62. Fungus - Mushroom / Mold 71. Waterfall
63. Cumulus Cloud- Puffy, white 72. Sunrise / Sunset
64. Cirrus Cloud – high, wispy cloud 73. Landscape: prettiest nature scene