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FOCUS QUESTION: What are the factors that led to the untimely death of Rhapsody and her unborn baby? And what can we do to help the endangered SRKW population?
AGENDA: Students will begin their three final assessments: Summary chart,Rhapsodymodel, and Water Filtration Engineering Challenge. These will all be DUE by MONDAY JUNE 18.
For the summary chart (see link below), students will need to complete assignments and then write about: 1.) what they learned, 2.) how it connects to Rhapsody, and the 3.) NGSS standard addressed for each of the assignments. This will be completed on the chromebook.
For the model, students will need to list information about the factors leading the Rhapsody’s death and make connections between them on paper model.
For the engineering challenge, students will design a filtration system, test it, make modifications to the system and test it again. Students will then evaluate “competing” design models to determine the best design.
NGSS STANDARD MS-LS2-1. Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on organisms and populations of organisms in an ecosystem. [Clarification Statement: Emphasis is on cause and effect relationships between resources and growth of individual organisms and the numbers of organisms in ecosystems during periods of abundant and scarce resources.]
Standard in “middle school friendly” language:
FOCUS QUESTION: If one organism’s population changes size dramatically, how will the other populations in the food chain be affected?
AGENDA: Students will brainstorm cause and effect relationships by completing population graphs for given scenarios.
FOCUS QUESTION: Why can the Puget Sound only support the energy needs of 200 Orca whales but there are millions of herring?
AGENDA: Students will complete their energy flow models and share them with the class. Next, we will process the energy needs of different organisms in the food web and why. Finally, we will record our ideas on an Energy Pyramid Diagram.