Project-Based Learning: Winter Adaptations

Project-Based Learning: Winter Adaptations
Project-Based Learning: Winter Adaptations
Project-Based Learning: Winter Adaptations
Project-Based Learning: Winter Adaptations
Project-Based Learning: Winter Adaptations
Project-Based Learning: Winter Adaptations
Project-Based Learning: Winter Adaptations
Project-Based Learning: Winter Adaptations
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(2 MB|11 pages)
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NGSSHS-LS4-5
NGSSHS-LS4-4
NGSSHS-LS4-6
NGSSHS-LS4-2
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Learners will choose one wintering species or population to study, which can include mammals, plants, insects, human communities, and more. They will specifically look at adaptations that have evolved in this organism that help it better survive the winter season.

This project was designed using project-based learning principles - student choice, innovation, community collaboration and impact, and relevance to students. The result is a student that is intrinsically motivated to learn, takes charge of their education, strives for improvement, and possesses the tools to problem-solve and think critically.

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  1. Teacher and student guides
  2. Project introduction discussion questions
  3. Topic brainstorming activity suggestions
  4. Project-based learning checklist
  5. Project planning guide
  6. Research guide/organizer
  7. "Challenge Yourself" extension options
  8. Project rubric
  9. Project reflection guide

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NGSSHS-LS4-5
Evaluate the evidence supporting claims that changes in environmental conditions may result in (1) increases in the number of individuals of some species, (2) the emergence of new species over time, and (3) the extinction of other species. Emphasis is on determining cause and effect relationships for how changes to the environment such as deforestation, fishing, application of fertilizers, drought, flood, and the rate of change of the environment affect distribution or disappearance of traits in species.
NGSSHS-LS4-4
Construct an explanation based on evidence for how natural selection leads to adaptation of populations. Emphasis is on using data to provide evidence for how specific biotic and abiotic differences in ecosystems (such as ranges of seasonal temperature, long-term climate change, acidity, light, geographic barriers, or evolution of other organisms) contribute to a change in gene frequency over time, leading to adaptation of populations.
NGSSHS-LS4-6
Create or revise a simulation to test a solution to mitigate adverse impacts of human activity on biodiversity. Emphasis is on testing solutions for a proposed problem related to threatened or endangered species, or to genetic variation of organisms for multiple species.
NGSSHS-LS4-2
Construct an explanation based on evidence that the process of evolution primarily results from four factors: (1) the potential for a species to increase in number, (2) the heritable genetic variation of individuals in a species due to mutation and sexual reproduction, (3) competition for limited resources, and (4) the proliferation of those organisms that are better able to survive and reproduce in the environment. Emphasis is on using evidence to explain the influence each of the four factors has on number of organisms, behaviors, morphology, or physiology in terms of ability to compete for limited resources and subsequent survival of individuals and adaptation of species. Examples of evidence could include mathematical models such as simple distribution graphs and proportional reasoning. Assessment does not include other mechanisms of evolution, such as genetic drift, gene flow through migration, and co-evolution.
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