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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
Next Generation Science Standards

Science and Engineering Practices

Asking questions and defining problems, Planning and carrying out investigations, Analyzing and interpreting data, Construction explanations and designing solutions, Engaging in argument from evidence

Cross Cutting Concepts


Disciplinary Core Ideas

LS2A: Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems
New York State Science Learning Standards

Performance Expectations

MS-LS2-2. Construct an explanation that predicts patterns of interactions among organisms in a variety of ecosystems.

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.