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Unit Plan: Decomposer Dynamics Lesson: 7 Time: 1 hour Setting: Classroom 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.


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


For each student:

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

See Lesson Resources for further details.

Lesson Files:
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 NYS Standards: MST 4- Physical setting, living environment and nature of science ELA 3- Language for critical analysis and evaluation
Next Generation Science Standards
Science and Engineering Practices: Asking questions and defining problems Engaging in argument from evidence Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information

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.