Reflection: Writing Across the Disciplines Environmental Engineers: Water Quality and Research - Section 4: Environmental Engineers Project

 

During this project, I work with my team's Language Arts teacher. We co-teach some days and teach content specific skills on others. For example, we introduce the project together, but then I proceed to teach my students about the aspects of water quality while the Language Arts teacher takes his class and teaches them how to evaluate research credible sources and how to take notes with different types of texts. Then, when students get into researching and writing, we bring our classes together again and co-teach.  

It is so important that students see that the skills they are learning in their classes are not independent of each other. All of these classes are teaching them skills they will have to combine in order to apply them in the real world.  Engineers have to be able to read and write; effective writers must be able to write informative text.  

Moreover, while you can pull small groups of students to help them understand the science content they need to understand, the Language Arts teacher can pull students and help them write more effectively. In the end, the resulting product will be of a much higher quality than if either teacher had tried to take on this task alone.

  Interdisciplinary Assessments - Show Students the Connections
  Writing Across the Disciplines: Interdisciplinary Assessments - Show Students the Connections
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Environmental Engineers: Water Quality and Research

Unit 10: Human Impacts: Hydrosphere
Lesson 3 of 4

Objective: Students will be able to apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.

Big Idea: Students begin research about the sources of pollution in their watershed in preparation of going to a local river to perform water quality tests.

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Science, watershed, dissolved oxygen, nitrates, middle school, pollution, water quality, phosphates, fecal coliform, point source pollution, non point source pollution, engineering
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