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- Engage your students with these week-long STEM Life Science challenges. The STEM bundle comes with 12 student-led STEM activities.What's Included in Each STEM Project• The 21st-century problem includes a video challenge which outlines the activity in a fun and easy to understand way.• The slideshow$119.00$156.00Save $37.00
Engage your students with this week-long STEM challenge.
Northern California recently experienced devastating wildfires, resulting in the destruction of over 245,000 acres. Much of the land destroyed had been mature forests. People who live in the area are distraught. They are concerned about restoring their homes, the local wildlife, and the forests. They want to know when things will get back to normal. Your team works for the land management office and has been tasked with putting together a projection for the future of forests and wildlife in this area. First, you will need to research the process of succession and examples of other areas that have been damaged by wildfires. Then, you will communicate your findings in a flipbook that predicts the changes to come over the next 100 years. The book should include the process of succession, including the estimated types and sizes of vegetation and wildlife. Your presentation will go a long way in easing the anxiety of the community.
• The 21st-century problem includes a video challenge which outlines the activity in a fun and easy to understand way.
• The slideshow presentation (PPT) allows the teacher to facilitate the pacing throughout the project.
• The teacher lesson plans include TEKS and NGSS standards alignment, and step-by-step directions on what the teacher and students should be doing along the way.
• The student notebook will guide the student through the activity. The questions will challenge students to learn new information, reflect on learned information, and provide the students a framework for the entire project.
• Each lesson is written using the Launch process. Students are going to be brainstorming with their peers and reflecting on failures and opportunities. At the end of each project, we’ve asked the students to share their ideas with the world. This holds students accountable. They will put forth the best effort knowing other students could critique the project.
What Supplies Do I Need
Each product contains a list of suggested supplies for the project. We were very cautious about choosing inexpensive items. This project has a suggested supply list that includes:
· Crayons, colored pencils, or markers
· Spiral notebook
· Construction paper
· Stapler and staples
The supply list is dynamic and can be adjusted to your situation.
NGSS and TEKS Standards
Supports Next Generation Science Standards:
Construct an argument supported by empirical evidence that shows changes to physical or biological components of an ecosystem affect populations
Define the criteria and constraints of a design problem with sufficient precision to ensure a successful solution, taking into account relevant scientific principles and potential impacts on people and the natural environment that may limit possible solutions.
Evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
Analyze data from tests to determine similarities and differences among several design solutions to identify the best characteristics of each that can be combined into a new solution to better meet the criteria for success.
Develop a model to generate data for iterative testing and modification of a proposed object, tool, or process such that an optimal design can be achieved.
Observe, record, and describe the role of ecological succession such as in a microhabitat of a garden with weeds.
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