Reflection: Rigor Human Impact on Biodiversity - Section 1: Warm-up


Based on the NGSS Evidence statements for MS LS2-5, we decided to modify this lesson a bit.  We really wanted to push students beyond the typical answers of "plant trees" and "don't litter" when it comes to determining how humans can help improve biodiversity.  Additionally, we needed students to analyze the strengths and weaknesses of their ideas so we decided to have them create action plans.

We began by showing this introductory video The DaVersity Code, a play on the popular book/film The DaVinci Code which I find incredibly funny even if the students don't all know the references.  This ends by challenging students to create action plans to improve biodiversity.  Students are given the Action Plan Chart to record and analyze their responses.  

To provide students with the type of answers I am really looking for, I show the following video: Ohoo! Edible Water Bottle. This is a link from Facebook but after looking at other videos I really feel this is the best one to activate student thinking.  After showing students this video, I model for students how to use the action plan chart.  Prior to completing the strengths and drawbacks of this invention, I have the students read this Business Insider Article, which provides some more information and view this Vimeo video that shows the steps to create Ohoo!.  As a class, we then complete the chart.

I encourage you to really push students to develop some of their own ideas rather than base all of their answers on research (or else they find "plant trees" or "don't litter").


  Rigor: 2015-16 Update
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Human Impact on Biodiversity

Unit 5: Biodiversity and Spiders
Lesson 9 of 9

Objective: SWBAT generate a list of methods used to maintain biodiversity and incorporate the method they feel is best into their final project.

Big Idea: Students gather information on the importance of biodiversity and what we can do to maintain it for the future.

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