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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.
Human Population Growth Lab Stations Activity Learning Objectives:
1. Describe human population growth.
2. Discuss how population growth impacts the biosphere.
3. Discuss how total and per-capita consumption of Earth’s natural resources changes with human population growth.
4. Debate solutions to problems associated with human overpopulation.
Science Skills Station
Students will graph the global human population to learn how human population growth has changed over the years and how it might change in the future. Students will study graphs of global birth rates, death rates, life expectancy and population growth rates in order to better understand how and why our population is changing.
Students will read about the negative impact a growing human population has on the environment and natural resources. Students will study current data on the total and per capita consumption of natural resources and make projections on how per capita consumption of natural resources impacts the environment.
At this station, students will answer questions about key terms and ideas relating to human population growth and its impact on the environment. Students will have to employ lower, mid and higher order thinking skills to answer these questions.
Students will evaluate the benefits, costs, feasibility and ethicality of proposed and implemented solutions that deal with human overpopulation. Students will also develop their own solution and evaluate its benefits, costs, practicality and ethicality.
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-ESS3-4. In the directed synthesis project, students will discuss how human population growth impacts the environment. They will form an argument that disputes for or against a need to address human population growth. In the argument, students will cite evidence (either obtained in this lab or from credible sources) that support their claim. Students will use appropriate and respectful language in their argument.
NEXT GENERATION SCIENCE STANDARDS
This laboratory satisfies NGSS MS-ESS3-4. 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:
3 Computers or Tablets
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