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In this activity NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards) aligned activity, students create a blog about a biome of their choice. Students create the blog as if they are documenting their trip through the ecosystem. They write 10 posts, including images, embedded videos, and descriptions covering many facets of the ecology and human impact of the ecosystem they chose. Students must link their blogs together, and comment on each other’s, creating a learning community.
A. NEXT GENERATION SCIENCE STANDARDS HEREIN
LS2.A Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems
LS2.C Ecosystem Dynamics, Functioning, and Resilience
ESS3.C Human Impacts on Earth Systems
Cause and Effect, Systems and System Models, Stability and Change, energy and matter
Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information, planning and carryout investigations
B. SUGGESTED USES
Students Create a Map of their Local Ecosystem
"Adaptations Project" involves researching a specific organism's adaptations, and constructing a physical model of an adaptation. It is NGSS aligned.
Get it here: Adaptations Project
"Endangered Species Project" requires students to design and present a Recovery Plan for an Endangered Species of their choice.
Get it here: Endangered Species Project
"Modeling Biological Magnification" has students read about biomagnification, arrange a model, and graph the data for a simulation of biological magnification in a Marine Food Chain.
Get it Here: Modeling Biological Magnification
: No specific prior knowledge is required
Students need this packet, a gmail account, and internet access
I usually give my students two class periods to work on this blog. Ultimately, it is up to the teacher, as any amount of the assignment could be completed at home.
Linking Blogs together: Students need to create a list of links to their classmates’ blogs in their blog. To quickly and easily share the links with the clas, follow these steps:
Quick tip that I’m not proud of: Although it is part of their grade, it is difficult to track the comments that student make on other blogs (you have to do a lot of accounting). In more recent years, I remind students that they must comment on others blogs five times, but give them full credit for five comments as long as I see at least one comment.
Sometimes, just to emphasize the learning community aspect of this project, I will have students each write three quiz questions in a Google Doc I provide, and other students have to answer the questions using the blogs. I then grade it, and count it as a quiz.
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