Reading informational text for scientific literacy - Composting

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5th - 8th, Homeschool
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  1. When you need enrichment for early finishers or emergency lesson plans, use standards based lessons that build critical thinking and scientific literacy skills without taking your curriculum off the rails.Each of these 8 lesson plans are designed to take 1 day to complete and are intended for grades
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When you're assembling your sub folder, choose a meaningful assignment that will help build scientific literacy. This composting activity is designed to take 5th-8th graders students one class period to complete independently. No prep or materials require . Activity consists of a 2 page "newspaper" about composting with 8 questions.

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3 pages
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Teaching Duration
40 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Develop a model to describe the cycling of matter and flow of energy among living and nonliving parts of an ecosystem. Emphasis is on describing the conservation of matter and flow of energy into and out of various ecosystems, and on defining the boundaries of the system. Assessment does not include the use of chemical reactions to describe the processes.
Develop a model to describe the movement of matter among plants, animals, decomposers, and the environment. Emphasis is on the idea that matter that is not food (air, water, decomposed materials in soil) is changed by plants into matter that is food. Examples of systems could include organisms, ecosystems, and the Earth. Assessment does not include molecular explanations.
Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on organisms and populations of organisms in an ecosystem. Emphasis is on cause and effect relationships between resources and growth of individual organisms and the numbers of organisms in ecosystems during periods of abundant and scarce resources.


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