Reflection: Lesson Planning Modeling Human Impact Part 1: Designing the Experiment - Section 4: Wrap Up


Sometimes we try and bite off more than we can chew, and in the case of this lesson, my plan was a bit too ambitious for one period (even with a 2 hour block).  

As you can see from the student design, this isn't because students were having trouble "getting it" as is the case with many lessons that don't fit into the allotted time.  The problem here was that the task was just a bit too complex to be completed in such a short time.  One way that the required time could be abridged would be to just present possible specifications of the ecocolumns and then have students change them if necessary.  You can see the final specifications that my class agreed on in the next lesson, and I think they would make a great starting point.

It really comes down to what you want your students to get out of the experience.  In my case, I think my students' personal investment in the project from the outset was only possible when they were given a blank canvas, so to say.  I doubt they would have been as engaged if they just received instructions.  In light of this, the 3 hours this lesson wound up taking were more than worth it.   

  Don't bite off more than you can chew.
  Lesson Planning: Don't bite off more than you can chew.
Loading resource...

Modeling Human Impact Part 1: Designing the Experiment

Unit 2: The Nature of Environmental Science
Lesson 12 of 17

Objective: Students will be able to design a controlled, long term experiment to be conducted by their entire class.

Big Idea: In this lesson, students design and implement a long term study of the effects a specific variable (e.g., fertilizer) has on vegetable growth and populations of aquatic micro-organisms.

  Print Lesson
Science, microbiology, experimental design, environment relationship, Environmental Science, eutrophication, semester, experiment, ethics
  60 minutes
image macarthur
Similar Lessons
Carbon Sinks: Modeling the future
8th Grade Science » Understanding Our Changing Climate: Impact on Oceans
Big Idea: Students use an online simulation to analyze the amount of carbon emissions given off by a set of energy choices and then report their findings out.
Brookline, MA
Environment: Urban
Ryan Keser
Why Study Weather?
7th Grade Science » Weather
Big Idea: Why study weather? The app on my phone tells me everything I need to know!
Hope, IN
Environment: Rural
Deborah Gaff
Human Impact on Biodiversity
8th Grade Science » Biodiversity and Spiders
Big Idea: Students gather information on the importance of biodiversity and what we can do to maintain it for the future.
Lake In The Hills, IL
Environment: Suburban
Lori Knasiak
Something went wrong. See details for more info
Nothing to upload