This lesson is compatible with the High School Next Generation Science Standards* HS-LS2-3, HS-LS2-4, HS-LS2-5, HS-LS2-1, HS-LS2-2, HS-LS2-6, HS-LS2-7, and HS-LS4-6. The standards ask that the students, “[c]onstruct and revise an explanation based on evidence for the cycling of matter and flow of energy in aerobic and anaerobic conditions, [u]se mathematical representations to support claims for the cycling of matter and flow of energy among organisms in an ecosystem, [d]evelop a model to illustrate the role of photosynthesis and cellular respiration in the cycling of carbon among the biosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere, and geosphere, [u]se mathematical and/or computational representations to support explanations of factors that affect carrying capacity of ecosystems at different scales, [u]se mathematical representations to support and revise explanations based on evidence about factors affecting biodiversity and populations in ecosystems of different scales, [e]valuate the claims, evidence, and reasoning that the complex interactions in ecosystems maintain relatively consistent numbers and types of organisms in stable conditions, but changing conditions may result in a new ecosystem, [d]esign, evaluate, and refine a solution for reducing the impacts of human activities on the environment and biodiversity, and [c]reate or revise a simulation to test a solution to mitigate adverse impacts of human activity on biodiversity.”
This lesson includes a design challenge. It is compatible with HS-ETS1-1,3 which states that students will
“[a]nalyze a major global challenge to specify qualitative and quantitative criteria and constraints for solutions that account for societal needs and wants and [e]valuate a solution to a complex real-world problem based on prioritized criteria and trade-offs that account for a range of constraints, including cost, safety, reliability, and aesthetics, as well as possible social, cultural, and environmental impacts.”
This lesson includes a lab report and a research report on climate change. It is therefore also compatible with the following Common Core English Language Arts-Literacy Standards.
Writing, History, Science, and Technical Subjects.9-10.1(A-E), 9-10.2(A-F), 6,7,8,9
Reading Science and Technical Subjects.9-10.1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9
Capture your student’s attention with these exciting ecology activities and labs!
Here is what’s included in the lesson:
-Clickable table of contents
-Teacher materials list and notes
-14 pages of vocabulary cards related to the topic of ecology
-A Student Objectives Sheet listing all the genetics objectives expected to be met by each student
-8 pages of notes discussion questions which cover the topic of ecology; these questions can easily be answered while using the INCLUDED accompanying Power Point Presentation
-4 activities, including
1) Energy Flow Through a Salt Marsh
2) Biome Vacation!
3) Erosion…Not So Peachy
4) Biomagnification and Water Pollution
-5 Projects with Rubric, including
1) Hot Spring Ecosystem of Yellowstone National Park
2) Carbon Cycle and Global Climate Change Research Project
3) Ecological Succession
4) Oil Spill Clean Up
-3 Labs with Report and Rubric, including
1) Sampling Populations in a Community
2) Ozone and Sunscreen
3) Air Pollution and Acid Rain
-1 Engineering Design Challenge, including
1) Carbon Sequestration Design Challenge
-An End of Chapter Assessment covering the lesson objectives and Next Generation Science Standards*
-A comprehensive lesson plan including:
Title, Grade, Objectives, NGSS*, Materials Needed, Connections to Real Life, Connections Across the Curriculum, Anticipated Difficulties with the Content, Pre-Requisite Knowledge, Key Vocabulary, Lesson Delivery Method, Examples for Better Understanding, Assessment, Wrap Up and Review, Extensions, and Modifications.
This lesson can be used in any High School Life Science or Biology course.
NGSS Lead States. 2013. Next Generation Science Standards: For States, By States. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.
*"Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) is a registered trademark of Achieve. Neither Achieve nor the lead states and partners that developed the Next Generation Science Standards were involved in the production of this product, and do not endorse it.”
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