About SNAPs Lab Stations Activities
SNAPs Lab Stations Activities require students to use science, math, literacy, problem-solving and engineering skills. They are designed to enhance students' understanding of scientific concepts and help students apply scientific ideas to the real world. Each station activity promotes skills so to develop students into proficient and competent scientific thinkers.
SNAPs lab activities have five components:
• Science Skills Station to develop science skill proficiency
• Narrative Station to build science literacy
• Assessment Station to evaluate learning and understanding
• Problem-Solving Station to foster engineering design
• Synthesis/Summary Project to inspire higher-order learning
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A description of the activities at each station in this particular lab is detailed below.
Solving Environmental Problems Lab Stations Activity Learning Objectives:
1. Discuss ways to protect Earth’s resources and environments.
2. Identify materials that can be recycled or composted.
3. Explain how individuals can protect Earth’s resources and environments by reducing, reusing and recycling.
4. Apply “the three R’s” to aspects of your daily routine.
Science Skills Station
Students will study and categorize examples of the three R’s (reduce, reuse and recycle). Students will interpret and analyze a bar and circle graph to better understand materials that can be recycled and how recycling those materials impacts our garbage generation.
Students will read an informational text about ways humans can help solve environmental problems. Students will also study the three R’s (reduce, reuse and recycle) and cite examples of how to carry out these practices.
At this station, students will answer questions about key terms and ideas relating to solving environmental problems. Students will have to employ lower, mid and higher order thinking skills to answer these questions.
Students will problem-solve how to make a packed lunch more environmentally friendly. Students will have to find a way to reduce, reuse or recycle all of the items in a packed lunch.
Directed Synthesis Project
Students can conduct one of the 11 standard synthesis projects, but I strongly suggest using the directed synthesis project to supplement NGSS MS-ESS3-1. In the directed synthesis project, students will design and build a compost bin. Students will have to research composting and compost bin, design the compost bin and reuse or recycle materials in their home to build the compost bin.
NEXT GENERATION SCIENCE STANDARDS
This laboratory satisfies NGSS MS-ESS3-1. It combines the three dimensions of science learning - science and engineering practices, disciplinary core ideas and crosscutting concepts - to meet the standard. This lab also makes interdisciplinary connections to STEM, Math CCSS and ELA CCSS to build the appropriate skills.
This download includes:
• A pre-lab assignment and post-lab reflection
• Directions and questions for each lab station
• Student recording sheets
• Teacher Key
Additional Materials Required:
Brown paper bag
Jelly sandwich wrapped in saran wrap or tin foil
A bag of chips
A bottle of water
A bag of M&Ms
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