We are at the point of the year in 7th grade that we are doing a roadkill project. For many years the 7th grade has been marking down the roadkill, where it was seen, its surroundings, the date, and the animal. Then after 6 weeks we stop taking the roadkill we see and we start the project. For the project we all choose a topic that has to do with roadkill and we make a graph, plan it out, write a summary, etc. I chose to do the endangered animals killed. I was going to see if the amount of endangered animals had a higher amount of roadkill or less. My hypothesis was that there was going to be less because there is a less population. But I found out that there are no endangered animals on our roadkill data so I had to switch my topic. My teacher suggested I do something with frogs and snakes because no one has ever done that before and she thought it would be interesting. Also I thought frogs and snakes would be interesting because we are doing the roadkill in spring and there population should be higher.
While I was taking down the data in the chart I discovered that the frogs had a lot higher roadkill than the snakes. I thought why that was. One thing I thought of was that frogs are seen way more than snakes so snakes are seen less on the road. There for, there will be less found dead. Since we do the roadkill in the spring there is more population for those types of amphibians, so it was a good time to take down the data.
After I took down the data in the chart I found that I was correct with my hypothesis! That frogs would have a higher amount of roadkill than snakes. There were many factors to my project, such as the surroundings, like if there were swamp around the road or grassy fields or forests. Also the amount of cars on the road will affect the amount of roadkill because our world is changing the way they do things or going green so there might be starting the less amount of roadkill on the road. I don’t think that there was any errors with my data because it was not that difficult, I went on line, took down the data, then made a graph, so there was not much to go wrong.
If I were to do this project again next year I would predict things differently. Since our planet is becoming greener I would say that there will be less and less roadkill on the road. But over all If I were to do this project again I would still have predicted my same hypothesis, that frogs would have a higher amount of roadkill.