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Unit Plan: Who Eats What? Lesson: 9 Time: 40-60 min Setting: Classroom Objectives:

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


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


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")
Lesson Files:
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 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

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.