Keeping a Log Book Marine Science Mrs. Tucker
What is a Log Book? A log book is a permanent, written record of the events of the day as recorded by the captain or navigator on a voyage. It includes the following information: • Location of the ship • Soundings of water depth, tides and currents • Condition of the ship and crew • Course, heading and speed of the ship • Weather and astronomical readings • Observations and discoveries
Famous Log Books Captain James Cook
What should a Marine Science Log Book entry contain? • The three “O’s” • Orientation: Day, Date, Time, Class period, Location • Observation: Weather conditions (temperature, humidity, wind speed and direction, cloud formations, precipitation etc), Astronomical information (moon phase, significant planets and stars, sun rise and set times, holidays etc) and interesting events and insights. • Objective: Daily lesson plans, Standards, Prompts, Assignments, Plans, Discussions and Doodles.
How do I start? • Log books are written in ink in a standard composition book that can be purchased for less than a dollar at most stationary or sundries shops. • The first page is your title page and it should include all of the pertinent information about you, your course and how to get this book back to you if you become separated. This is your official record so it is very valuable and irreplaceable!
What’s next? • On the next page, add an introduction. Tell us about your journey so far; your interests and talents. Include information about where you are going and what you hope to get out of this adventure.
Table of Contents • Skip a page or two to organize your work into units of time (weekly, monthly or quarterly) or travel (ports of call, each leg of the journey or important milestones) so that you can go back later and reflect on your accomplishments and make it easier for the reader to find a particular section. Make sure to highlight important events, maps, field trips, experiments, charts and illustrations.
Packing for a journey… • Large ziplock baggie • Pens and colored pencils • Ruler • Tide tables • Field guides • Hand lens
Best Practices: • You will use your log book daily at the start of each class. • A different student will be the “officer of the watch” each day and report to the class on the weather etc. • I will collect a sample of log books each week to stay up on your progress. • You will create special log entries for field trips, lab activities and extra credit opportunities. • Life is an adventure worth recording!
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