Reflection: Student Ownership Communities & Ecosystems (Day# 4 of 4) - Section 4: Closure: What did we learn? Where do we go from here?


Hog farms and manure. Algal bloom. Eutrophication. Human urine. Algal bloom. Eutrophication. Problem-yes! Solution? Pee-cycling?

Uncommon solutions come from uncommon thinking. Now, whether this practice gets going full blast (pun intended), time will only tell. But the main point here is that matter cycles, so we have to prepare a plan to take care of it. Pig poop used to generate methane and electricity? A crazy thought at one point I suppose. Peecycling might just reduce farming costs and the potential impact on the environment.

I want my students to be able to gather information (the more technical the better), evaluate multiple paths to take using it, and argue for the best solution. Even if the process is a bit...messy. Murky. 

In my opinion, the three aspects of the Claim-Evidence-Reasoning model does just that. And that suits me just fine.

  It all comes full circle!
  Student Ownership: It all comes full circle!
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Communities & Ecosystems (Day# 4 of 4)

Unit 7: 7) Ecology ("Population Interactions")
Lesson 16 of 16

Objective: Students will understand the structure of ecosystems and how their members interact in complex ways in order to survive.

Big Idea: All living organisms and the environment are interconnected.

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