Reflection: Real World Applications The Billion Oyster Project: History and scientific research (1 of 2) - Section 3: Timeline: The Billion Oyster Project


"Why do oysters matter?" is a complex, multi-step task that combines students' emergent understanding of citizen science with engineering-design skills developed in our "Unit 0."  This makes this task excellent formative assessment.  Can students apply classroom skills to real-world, local problems?  Have students retained engineering-design skills from the introduction to this course?  Are students able to craft argumentative essays in a science content area?

Feedback for this assignment will included both students' argumentative writing and engineering-design thinking solutions.  I will establish baseline expectations of students' writing skills through consultation with the 11th grade English Language Arts educator on my grade team.  I will also use baseline data from students' summative assessment results from Unit 0.  

The argumentative writing rubric used to evaluate students is attached to the "Writing Workshop" section of this lesson.  Students are encouraged to use this rubric while working on the assignment.

  Argument and design in the real world
  Real World Applications: Argument and design in the real world
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The Billion Oyster Project: History and scientific research (1 of 2)

Unit 2: Citizen science, Student design
Lesson 9 of 13

Objective: Over the course of two lessons, students will be able to: 1) describe the causes of the oyster population decline in New York City; 2) explain the importance of oysters to healthy urban ecosystems; and 3) provide critical feedback to peers to improve argumentative writing.

Big Idea: New York was once home to a pristine harbor full of oyster. How might our understanding of the historical decline of oyster help us to understand effective strategies for oyster rehabilitation?

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Science, engineering design thinking, Citizen science
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