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Be an Expert was created for my science students who want to enhance what we are studying or learn about a topic that interests them.  These are not overnight assignments. Visit our Life Science Web, SmithLifeScience.

You may complete individual projects and turn them in for extra credit attached to any assignment.
You may also choose projects tha equal 100 points.  Turn them all in when you are finished.

Archaeology
Be an archaeologist.  Learn about the past! What does an archaeologist do? What tools do they use? Investigate an archaeological site of your choice. Create a time capsule or study garbage.  Study Native Americans, build a teepee, explore past civilizations and the Wonders of the World. Make your own list of "Wonders."  Who was the Kennewick Man?  Investigate artifacts.

Astronomy
Draw or map the moon.  make a star map and locate constellations.  Create Constellation cards.  Tell stories about the constellations.  Learn about the planets and galaxies.

Birds
Be an ornithologist. Identify birds by sight and sound while learning about the birds that inhabit your area. Discover interesting facts about birding while  you make a bird feeder and make a bird population count.  Send your data to the Cornell University Bird Watch.

Coin Collecting
Be a numasist.  Want to try a new hobby?  Learn about collecting coins.   Where are they made.  Collect state quarters.  Coins from the year you were born.  Whose face is that on a $100 bill?  Collect foreign money.

Collections
Do you have a hobby?  Do you collect anything?  Baseball cards, rocks, postcards, dolls, basketball cards, Yugioh cards.  Become an expert of your collection.  How did you get started collecting?  How do you take care of your collection?  What is your collection worth?  How is your collection organized?  

Dogs
Do you have a dog?  Become an expert on dogs.  Learn about there diseases and parasites.  Take care of a dog for one month.  Find out how much it costs to keep a dog for a year or for its whole life.

Endangered Species
Just started.

Environmental Science
Be an Environmental Scientist. Environmental History, experiment with habitats, create a terrarium, world population, crickets, birds, cycles, energy, biomes, and endangered species are the topics you will learn about.

Fish
Become an ichthyologist! Draw a goldfish. Find out about tunafish.  Make your own aquarium.  Find out what is happening to fish populations.

Geology
Just Started

Human Body
Just Started

Inquiry Investigation
Be a scientist. Design and conduct your own scientific investigation.

Insect Study
Be an Entomologist. Start an Insect Collection, raise a praying mantis, identify insect orders, make a butterfly model, investigate the death of bee hives, build an ant farm. Watch a caterpillar build a cocoon and emerge as an adult.

Invertebrate Study
Be a Zoologist. Research sponges, stinging-celled animals, worms, shelled animals, and animals with jointed legs. Snails, squids, earthworms,  crabs, and millipedes all have one thing in common..no backbone.

Mammals
Be a Mammalogist. Learn about mammal characteristics, groups, orders, classification, food chains, farm animals, breeds horses and animal diseases.  Diagram horses, cows, pigs, sheep, and rabbits.

Marine Biology
Be a Marine Biologist!   Collect living organisms from the classroom aquarium.   Identify species in the Plankton, Nekton, Benthos areas of the oceans.   Identify plankton. Create your own plankton.  Research oil spills.   Identify marine reptiles.  Draw marine food chains.  Study whales.   Experiment with salt water.

Microbiolgy
Just started

Mississippi River
Map the river and its tributaries.  Learn about the Mississippi Hall of Fame people.   What is the "Dead Zone"?  Write river poetry. Choose food from a Cajun menu. Identify Mississippi River fish. Research your own questions.  Write an environmental report.  Record and average data on your water usage.

Nature
Be an Ecologist. Explore plants, food chains, birds, mammals, snakes, reptiles, amphibians, mollusks, crustaceans, and geology.  Make a terrarium or a bird feeder. Identify plants and seeds.   Make an insect or rock collection.

Oceanography
Be an Oceanographer. Map the oceans, experiment with salinity, make an ocean diorama, explore hydrothermal vents, map the sea floor, identify ocean life.

Paleontology
Be a Paleontologist.  Research famous scientists.  Find out how fossils are formed.  Learn about dinosaur names.  Adopt a dinosaur and research a dinosaur and create a report.  Study the history of humans.  Learn about the "Bone Wars."

Pets
Dogs, fish, cats, snakes, ferrets......what pet do you want to become the expert of.   Want a new pet?  Write a proposal to convince your parents.  How much does a pet really cost?  Identify pet species.

Plant Science
Be a Botanist. Diagram a flower, propagate a plant, identify trees and leaves, experiment with plants, make a seed book, map your school yard.

Rainforests
Be an ecologist, an environmentalist, or a botanist. Locate rainforests on a map. Experiment with rainforest soils. Research a rain forest animal. Do a weather comparison study.  Identify rainforest products you use. Experiment with plants.  Do a field study of One Square Foot of ground. 

Reptiles & Amphibians
Be a Herpotologist. Identify amphibian and reptile species, observe the development of frog eggs and tadpoles, raise a reptile.

Sharks
Be an ichthyologist. Identify dangerous sharks and research shark myths and facts.  Determine how much a shark eats and what does it cost to feed a shark.  Identify  shark orders and their members.  Learn about physical characteristics.  Design and create Shark Cards  and design an experiment.

Stamp Collecting
Be a Philatelist. Learn the stamp terms. Use the tools of stamp collecting. How much did it cost in the past to mail a letter? Choose a collection topic that interests you.   Collect USA, World, or topical stamps.   Design your own stamp.  Go on a scavenger hunt.

Trees
Identify the national trees of foreign countries. Identify the state trees.  Identify leaves.  Be a landscape architect.

Volcanoes
Coming Soon!

Weather
Be a Meteorologist. Make a Cloud Wheel, learn about weather records, make a barometer, keep a weather log, read a weather map, research tornadoes.