Service Learning Examples

To improve scientific literacy and understanding of challenges faced by the St. Johns River, Jacksonville University undergraduates majoring in Biology, Marine Science, and Chemistry with a concentration in Biochemistry created narrated lessons that focused on river health. In particular, the students interpreted scientific information presented in the State of the River Report for the Lower St. Johns River Basin. These lesson plans can be used by primary and secondary school teachers and the general public. Each lesson plan presents an environmental challenge that is tied to one or more of the report’s river health indicators: aquatic life, contaminants, water quality, and fisheries. In addition, each lesson explains how to interpret a data chart found in the report and how to apply the information as citizen scientists and advocates of the river. Finally, a quiz is provided to assess the understanding of the material covered.

Instructions provided to the students:

    1. Reflect on an image of the river that illustrates a challenge to its health: how does it make you feel
    2. Connect the issue illustrated in the image to Lower St. Johns River health indicators
    3. Explain the science, trends, and status of the river health indicator, using the river report
    4. Interpret a chart included in the river report- focus on the chart axes, title, legend, and patterns
    5. Provide an activity that enables the audience to interpret data in a similar chart as #4
    6. Describe opportunities and organizations for the audience to engage with the river
    7. Summarize content covered
    8. Assess understanding with a quiz

Student Presentations

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