In 2010, I began working with 4th-grade teacher Katie Guilbert from Bella Romero Elementary (Greeley, CO) which has a largely Hispanic student body. We used guppies to teach the scientific method–the students conducted a foraging experiment where they measured shoaling in different guppy populations. *Pictures 2010*
The following year, 4th-graders examined native and store-bought guppies and looked at their response to a visual predator cue, a picture of a pike cichlid, a common guppy predator. Each student conducted a behavioral experiment and used Excel to enter and analyze their data. They made graphs that they interpreted to make conclusions about their hypotheses. *Pictures 2011*
These students also presented their findings at a local conference.
*Bella Romero Elementary 4th-grade, Guilbert K, Broder ED, Angeloni LM. 2012. Guppy reactions to predators. Front Range Student Ecology Symposium. Fort Collins, CO. Poster presentation.
PRESS: Staff reports. “Bella Romero students present research at CSU.” Greeley Tribune [Greeley, CO] 4 March 2012. Community.