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MS-ESS3-4 Human Population Growth Lab Stations Activity

MS-ESS3-4 Human Population Growth Lab Stations Activity
MS-ESS3-4 Human Population Growth Lab Stations Activity
MS-ESS3-4 Human Population Growth Lab Stations Activity
MS-ESS3-4 Human Population Growth Lab Stations Activity
MS-ESS3-4 Human Population Growth Lab Stations Activity
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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

A description of the activities at each station in this particular lab is detailed below.

Next Generation Science Standards
This laboratory partially satisfies NGSS MS-ESS3-4. It combines the three dimensions of science learning - science and engineering practices, disciplinary core ideas and crosscutting concepts - in order to meet the standard. This laboratory also makes interdisciplinary connections to STEM, Math CCSS and ELA CCSS to build the appropriate skills.

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.

Narrative Station
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.

Assessment Station
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.

Problem-Solving Station
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.

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
Graph paper

Be sure to check out:
• The FREE SNAPs Lab Stations Best Practices and Setup Guide to learn more about my labs
• A FREE SNAPs Lab to learn more about my lab station activities
• All my Earth, Life, Physical or Nature of Science Lab Station Activities
Earth Science, Life Science, Physical Science or Nature of Science PPs, Notes & Exams
Earth Science, Life Science, Physical Science or Nature of Science INB Units
Earth Science, Life Science, Physical Science or Nature of Science Tiered Task Cards

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