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I have had so much fun teaching this learning segment! In this task, students take on the professional role of Environmental Lawyer with the goal of defending the Earth’s land, air, water, and wildlife resources. The activities can be spread out over 2-3 lessons (recommended) or condensed/extended depending on the grade level you teach and the background knowledge your students have with renewable and non-renewable energy sources. This lesson is also a fantastic way to include LITERACY in your science lessons - an essential practice given that most state standardized tests for reading/ELA cover SCIENCE content in their non-fiction questions!! I included a review sheet on the key vocabulary terms and concepts that I have found helpful to ensure students have a solid foundation heading into the task. I'm excited to hear your experience with this task and welcome any questions / comments / feedback!:) #AlwaysBeLearning
NEXT GENERATION SCIENCE STANDARDS ALIGNMENT
4-ESS3-1; MS-ESS3-5; HS-ESS3-1;
Students take on the professional role of Environmental Lawyer with the goal of defending the Earth’s land, air, water, and wildlife resources.
USE OF DATA & NON-FICTION TEXT
To accomplish this, they will explore a series of real-world informational artifacts that illustrate the impact of non-renewable energy use on the Earth’s resources. These artifacts include infographics, text, graphs, and photos so that students are able to engage with scientific information presented in diverse formats.
In small groups, they will analyze these artifacts to uncover cause and effect evidence of the impact of non-renewable energy on their focus area – either land, air, water, or wildlife.
Once they have shared their research with their classmates, students will synthesize their findings on a specific resource through a Claim-Evidence-Reasoning (CER) short-response. Here they will demonstrate cause and effect reasoning to support their claim on the impact of non-renewable energy on one of Earth’s resources. The lesson sequence concludes with a choose-your-own-adventure reflection on their experience as Environmental Lawyers.