Description

We are studying ecosystems and habitats. Students will be engineering a solution to cleaning an oil spill. They are studying the effect of people on habitats and in broader ecosystems, the role of producers/consumers/decomposers. 

Key Questions

How do you work to protect local and global ecosystems/habitats in your work? What trade-offs do you see?

How do environmental engineers use their knowledge of soil and water to investigate environmental problems?

What are some models that engineers use to help make predictions about how something might impact the environment?

 

 

 

Expected Outcomes

I would love to expose students to some of the conservation efforts happening in industry.

All environmental problems are not isolated because all parts of the ecosystem are connected.

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Curriculum Alignment

(1)Scientific investigation and reasoning. The student conducts classroom and outdoor investigations following home and school safety procedures and environmentally appropriate and ethical practices. The student is expected to:
(A)demonstrate safe practices and the use of safety equipment as described in the Texas Safety Standards during classroom and outdoor investigations; and

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(2)Scientific investigation and reasoning. The student uses scientific methods during laboratory and outdoor investigations. The student is expected to:
(A)describe, plan, and implement simple experimental investigations testing one variable

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(2)Scientific investigation and reasoning. The student uses scientific methods during laboratory and outdoor investigations. The student is expected to:
(G)construct appropriate simple graphs, tables, maps, and charts using technology, including computers, to organize, examine, and evaluate information

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(4)In Grade 5, investigations are used to learn about the natural world. Students should understand that certain types of questions can be answered by investigations and that methods, models, and conclusions built from these investigations change as new observations are made. Models of objects and events are tools for understanding the natural world and can show how systems work. They have limitations and based on new discoveries are constantly being modified to more closely reflect the natural world
(C)Within the living environment, students learn that structure and function of organisms can improve the survival of members of a species. Students learn to differentiate between inherited traits and learned behaviors. Students learn that life cycles occur in animals and plants and that the carbon dioxide-oxygen cycle occurs naturally to support the living environment

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Requester

Jenny Martinez SAM HOUSTON HS