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Environmental Impact Statements- Written assessment

Unit Plan: Who Eats What?Lesson: 9 Time: 40-60 min Setting: Classroom
3-5, 6-8Schoolyard Ecology
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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

Environmental Impact Statement- Written Assessment
Eco Inquiry's Multiple Forms of Assessment- contains "Portfolio Cover Sheet"
Who Eats What Guide

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.