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Hiring a Scientist

Unit Plan: Cycles: From Rot to RadishesLesson: 8 Time: 1 hour Setting: Classroom
3-5, 6-8Schoolyard Ecology
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Students recommend who GROW should hire as a scientist after reviewing three job applications.


    Students will be able to: understand that being a good scientist requires a range of skills and qualities, identify the weaknesses in an experimental design, know that collaboration is an important aspect of science, modify opinions based on convincing arguments.


    For each group of 3-4 students:

    • copy of three "Job Applications"
    • copy of "Scoring Sheet"

    For each student:

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

    Lesson Files

    Hiring a Scientist

    Benchmarks for Science Literacy

    1A Scientific World View, 1C The scientific enterprise, 12D Communication Skills

    NYS Standards

    ELA 1- Language to collect and interpret information and understand generalizations, ELA 3- Language for critical analysis and evaluation, ELA 4 - Language for communication and social interaction with a wide variety of people
    Next Generation Science Standards

    Science and Engineering Practices

    Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information

    Cross Cutting Concepts

    Influence of Engineering, Technology and Science on Society and the Natural World

    Disciplinary Core Ideas

    LS2A: Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems, LS2B: Cycles of Matter and Energy Transfer in Ecosystems
    New York State Science Learning Standards

    Performance Expectations

    MS-LS2-1. Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on organisms and populations of organisms in an ecosystem., MS-LS2-4. Construct an argument supported by empirical evidence that changes to physical or biological components of an ecosystem affect populations.

    Hogan, Kathleen. Eco-Inquiry: A Guide to Ecological Learning Experiences for the Upper Elementary/Middle Grades. Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company, PO Box 1840, 4050 Westmark Drive, Dubuque, IA 52004-1840., 1994.