Eco-Inquiry

Eco-Inquiry, an ecology curriculum for grades 5-8 helps teachers transform their classrooms into centers of ecological research.

Day 7: A Jury's Dilemma- Written Assessment

Objectives

Students analyze a trial involving a dispute about a composting business, then outline how a Special Investigator could gather evidence to help settle the case.

Lesson Overview

Students will be able to: Show that they can think broadly and accurately about factors that influence the biological process of decomposition.

Time: 
1 hour
Setting: 
Classroom
Materials

For each student:

  • copy of "Challenge Sheet"
  • copy of "Scoring Sheet"
Procedure

See Lesson Resources below for further details.

Lesson Resources
NYS Standards
MST 4- Physical setting, living environment and nature of science
ELA 3- Language for critical analysis and evaluation
Benchmarks for Science Literacy
5E Flow of Matter and Energy
7D Social Trade-offs
7E Political and Economic Systems
7F Social Conflict
8D Communication
9E Reasoning

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