STEAM Project Based Learning: Saving Coral
Journey through coral reefs and discover the beauty, biodiversity, and endangerment of this ecosystem. Students will complete digital interactive Google slides, take virtual field trips, complete Cornell notes as they watch Chasing Coral (or another documentary or your choosing), complete an individual project, and work with a group to create an advertisement that communicates the threats coral reefs face today. Students will then work together to create an advertisement such as a commercial, TedTalk speech, website or professional flier to communicate their research to their community. (Rubric included.) The project is fully customizable and all the slides and documents are editable so you can adjust to your classroom needs. This is also a great remote or distance learning tool for students who can't make it to class!
This resource includes:
-A teacher and student version of the interactive Google slides
-Video links and questions for written student responses
-Two virtual field trips
-Prefilled Cornell notes document to accompany "Chasing Coral" documentary
-Saving Coral Project Worksheet for students to plan and organize their work
-Three individual project ideas with instructions, links to helpful websites/resources -
-Rubrics for all individual projects
-Cumulative group advertisement project for students to communicate their research
-Rubric for group advertisement project
-Lesson plans and project outline
Next Generation Science Standards Incorporated:
Evaluate 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.
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.
Create a computational simulation to illustrate the relationships among management of natural resources, the sustainability of human populations, and biodiversity.
Use a computational representation to illustrate the relationships among Earth systems and how those relationships are being modified due to human activity.
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