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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.
Food Chains and Webs Lab Learning Objectives
1. Define roles of producers, different types of consumers and decomposers.
2. Explain how food chains and food webs model the movement of energy and matter among living and nonliving things in an ecosystem.
3. Develop and use a model to describe the movement of matter and energy between living things in an ecosystem.
4. Predict changes in feeding relationships due to disruptions in the populations of organisms in a food web.
Science Skills Station
Students will study a food web at this station. They will define roles of the organisms in the food web, identify food chains within the food web and describe how changes to the environment might impact feeding relationships between organisms in the food web.
Students will read a text about food chains and the role of producers, consumers and decomposers. Then they will read a text and watch a video about food webs. If time allows, students will also watch a video about the importance of decomposers.
At this station, students will answer questions about key terms and ideas relating to food chains and food webs. Students will have to employ lower, mid and higher order thinking skills to answer these questions.
Students will create a model of a food web. The model will focus on feeding relationships but will also include nonliving components. The model will include factors that help study the cycling of matter among organisms and the physical environment and the flow of energy through feeding relationships and photosynthesis. Students will use the model to describe interdependent relationships between living and nonliving things in an ecosystem.
Students will have a choice of 11 projects. Refer to the SNAPs Lab Stations Best Practices and Setup Guide for directions and suggestions on how to conduct the project.
NEXT GENERATION SCIENCE STANDARDS
This laboratory satisfies NGSS 5-LS2-1 and MS-LS2-3. 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:
1 Computer or tablet
Colored pencils, markers and/or crayons
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