Teacher Review For Citizen Science

Teaching Pollution through Anime

Megan S.
Classroom teacher
Neil Armstrong 5-6 Middle School
Bethel Park, PA
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My Grades 5
My Subjects English Language Arts, Science, Social Studies
My Rating 3
Learning Scores
Engagement 3
Pedagogy 3
Support 3
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It No
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Individual
Knowledge gain
Small group
Great with General
How I Use It
Citizen Science was used after teaching a unit on environmental science through a sub unit of Environmental Detectives. I thought it would be a neat way for the students to be able to argue and support the reasons why pollution and introduction of another species into a water source were harmful, as well as the effect of pollution on them. The game was confusing and students lost focus rather quickly. Moving their avatar around wasn't easy and often they weren't sure where to go next. The names of the characters made it confusing. I like that the students had to support their arguments about why a character shouldn't swim in a polluted lake however, the students had to use the game's reasons not their own.
My Take
Citizen Science is a neat way to show pollution dangers as well as the danger of introducing another species into a waterway, but it was lost on the students because of the jumping around from character to character. The character also time traveled which was lost on most students. I like the reading aspect of the conversation rather than the students just listening. However, the LARGE reading component made it difficult for the learning support and ELL students to maintain interest. Support was given to those students but it was still difficult to get them engaged.