Reflection: Adjustments to Practice Soil! (2 of 2) - Section 5: EVALUATION: Infographics


Infographic work can be challenging for even advanced students.  While students have done some work with creating claims through visualized data, this skill has not been a consistent focus in the current iteration of this course.  As such, I used an alternate assessment for a number of students, especially my students learning English.  For this alternate assessment, students critically analyzed Dirt! the movie.   Students watched the film during lunch and after school and developed a short, critical statement of their major understandings.  Student work was assessed against standards for this lesson sequence, especially studens' understanding of the relationship between humans and soil and how this relationship impacts the health of the environment.

RESOURCE NOTE:  The attached handout might be used or modified for this assessment.

  Adjustments to Practice: Alternate assessment
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Soil! (2 of 2)

Unit 5: Food (biosphere and geosphere)
Lesson 14 of 24

Objective: Students will be able to 1) deliver a presentation about soil; 2) observe soil characteristics in a field study environment; and 3) demonstrate understanding of soil through a short essay or infographic assessment

Big Idea: Soil is an essential component of sustainable food systems. How might we improve our understanding of the role of soil in healthy ecosystems in order to identify soil problems that we can solve through purposeful design?

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