Eco-Inquiry

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

Day 9: Environmental Impact Statements- Written assessment

Objectives

Students write predictions of how a proposed change to their study site would affect the organisms that live there.

Lesson Overview

Students will be able to:
- predict how changes in a landscape couldripple through a food web
-understand why it's important for people to consider the food web of a piece of land before they alter it

Time: 
40-60 min
Setting: 
Classroom
Materials

For the class:

  • several copies of Who Eats Who guide
  • other resource books (see "Resource List")

For each student:

  • copy of "Challenge Sheet"
  • copy of "Scoring Sheet"
  • copy of "Portfolio Cover Sheet" (see Eco-Inquiry's Multiple Forms of Assessment")
Procedure

See Lesson Resources below for further details.

NYS Standards
MST 4- Physical setting, living environment and nature of science
ELA 3- Language for critical analysis and evaluation
ELA 4 - Language for communication and social interaction with a wide variety of people
Benchmarks for Science Literacy
5D Interdependence of Life
5E Flow of Matter and Energy
7D Social Trade-offs
7E Political and Economic Systems
7F Social Conflict
12D Communication Skills
12E Critical-Response Skills

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