Background research on 5 Mass Extinctions of the Past - Each group makes one copy of this document. Share the document with your classmates. Your teacher will assign one of the 5 mass extinction events for you to research. Create a poster on a whiteboard or large sheet of paper including key points from your research.
Day 2 Materials: Computers (optional); Ecosystems Concentric Circles (share via Google Classroom or could be done in science notebook)
On Google Classroom open the document called PBL Threatened Species Research (Do NOT make a copy from this site. GC makes a copy with your name on it, which makes my job easier. Thanks! Put it in your shared folder.)
Day 9 (Block) Materials: Projector; Biologists on Safari handout, bags of white and black beans (1 set per group and demo set), 10x10 grids (1 in. x 1 in. squares - 1 set per group), a large 10 x 10 grid (4 " x 4" for each square for Method 1); Communities handout (p. 92 of Coloring book)
Read and Color "Communities & Trophic Levels" - glue into journal
Homework: Read and Color "Communities & Trophic Levels" - glue into journal OPTIONAL: Watch this short video about Black Rhino Conservation. Read about White Rhinos. Be prepared to discuss in class. Day 10
Create a Group Google Slide Presentation about your habitat. Make sure it is in your shared "PBL 6th Mass" folder.
Be sure to look at this checklist as you create it.
On Tuesday you will be doing a carousel where one person stays and explains and the other people look at other people's presentations and use the checklist to give feedback. Everyone will at some point present so make sure everyone knows the content on the slide.
The purpose of the slide presentation is to make sure you are solid on content. It is helpful to have a nice clean presentation, but the focus is on content.
Work on individual Threatened Species Research piece.
Homework: BOTH the Google Slide Presentation and Threatened Species Research piece are due on Tuesday.
Week of May 2
Day 11 Materials: Computers
Continue research for individual and group habitat.
Homework: BOTH the Google Slide Presentation and Threatened Species Research piece are due tomorrow.
Day 12 Materials: Projector, Soil Food Web Cards on stings to go around neck (need about 3 sets per class), Soil Biologists handout (1 per group), large paper or whiteboards for creating group food webs, markers Focus Question: What are keystone, umbrella and indicator species? Why do they matter? As you watch the videos, what is a keystone species and indicator species? How can we tell the health of an ecosystem? What is the benefit does protecting a keystone species?
Every group member self-grades his/her group's project first.
One person per group stays with computer and other people listen to other presentations and give feedback. Groups members move in a clockwise fashion for one round. Then have another person present and everyone else continues to move in a clockwise fashion.
Leave Checklist sheets with presenters. At end of period, each group reviews feedback and staples all Checklists and puts them in turn in box. These will be used to help you improve your slide show.
Habitat Food Web: Create a food web for your habitat using some of your species on a whiteboard or piece of paper. Show arrows of consumption and also indicate the trophic levels. Be prepared to explain which are indicator species or keystone species for your habitat.
Show Exemplar Habitat Slide Show. Consider reviewing this exemplary Habitat Slide Show for ideas on how to improve your own presentation. Remember that high marks across the "Exceeds expectations" is the equivalent of an "A" since it demonstrates a deep understanding and application of the content.
Revise Habitat Slide Show based on feedback from checklist. (NOTE: Have some group members work on the slide show and others work on Habitat Food Web Poster.)
Habitat Slide Show - Look at comments made from when you presented. Make any additions/corrections if desired. Group regrades itself using the GREEN paper stapled to the stack of comments. - FRIDAY.
Submit your best Bumper Sticker design by FRIDAY at 5 PM for a chance to win!
Resubmissions for PBL Threatened Habitat Research - MONDAY. If you did not submit it, remember to submit through Google Classroom. If you did submit it, check to see if there are comments you need to address before the final grade on Monday.
Homework: Action Plan (Do NOT copy this. Go to Google Classroom and have one person make a copy and put it in your shared folder.) This will be homework tonight and tomorrow. Day 19 Materials: _Post-Survey Racing Extinction, Racing Extinction DVD
Start Creating Bumper Stickers on Google Draw. Make SEVERAL copies of this document and put them in your shared file. Include your name on each document. Process Recommendations
Decide on your topic. Are you going to focus on the habitat, a species in the habitat or the larger issue of mass extinction?
Brainstorm: Come up with a list of at least 10 words about your topic.
Inspiration: Look at the presentation again and other bumper stickers. (Don't spend too much time getting sucked into researching popular bumper stickers because this must be ORIGINAL. Limit your research to 5 minutes just to get some design ideas.)
Message: What is the message you want to tell? Tone?
Fonts convey tone: How can you use the font to accentuate your message? Should the font be bold and striking or soft and inviting?
Graphics: Is there a graphic that adds to your message? How does color work to highlight your message? Do certain words need to be colored differently to point out something? Is there a contrast in your message that can be emphasized by using contrasting colors?
Multiple Products: Create multiple designs. Play with fonts to see if that impacts the message. Collect some data about your top 2-3 designs. Get feedback from other classmates, parents and friends.
Together create a guide for how to get feedback about their top 2-3 designs.
Homework: Continue to work on Bumper Stickers. Have at least 2-3 designs done. Submission of BEST design due by 5 PM on Friday.
Continue to work on bumper stickers. DEADLINE for submissions 5 PM TONIGHT. Email to me.
Make sure your group has done the final self-grade for the Habitat Slide Show.
Make sure your group has had BOTH a group self-grade and peer grade for the Food Web Poster.
Homework: Look on PowerSchool. If you have a check mark, zero or a low score for your individual Species Research. Finish it this weekend and SUBMIT on GOOGLE CLASSROOM by MONDAY.
Week of May 23
\Week Deadlines Monday 7 PM - Polls closed for voting for Bumperstickers - on Google Classroom Monday - Resubmissions for PBL Threatened Species Research. Submit through Google Classroom Tuesday - Outline of Action Plan with dates and roles assigned
Day 22 Materials: Action Plan, large whiteboards (or paper) for Give One, Take One, whiteboard markers
Bumper sticker voting is open until 7 PM tonight. Go to Google Classroom to vote.
Work on your group's Action Plan. (If you haven't already started, remember to make a copy and put it in your shared folder with your period and group members' names.)
Show Tweets & PSAs
Carousel of Actions: Around the room our 6 posters: 2 Global, 2 Local, and 2 Individual. To first three posters, add at least one idea from your action plan. From the second three posters, see if there are any ideas that you would like to add to your action plan. You may also revisit the original three posters to see if there are any ideas.
Vote for bumper sticker, if you haven't already done so. Polls close at 7 PM.
Finish any PBL Threatened Species Research. Remember to delete all of the notes about formatting, ex. Times New Roman, 14pt. Also, hit "resolve" once you have addressed any questions I have asked. These must be shared through Google Classroom.
Use Owl Pellet Dissection Identification Booklet to identify the species and types of bones.
Organize, label and glue bones on cardstock.
Fill in Trophic Pyramid and answer questions about carrying capacity on Owl Pellet Lab handout.
Homework: Work on Owl Pellet Dissection Lab questions - DUE Tuesday (No School on Monday)
Week of May 31
Day 26 Materials: Whiteboard, whiteboard pens, paper tweets Focus Question: How can social media be used to make a difference in the world? How can we ensure that our messages are appropriate and make a positive impact on all audiences?
Pair Share: How can social media be used to make a difference in the world?
Group Whiteboard activity: How do we ensure that our messages are appropriate and impactful?
Look at examples of effective tweets and hashtags.
Google Search on Hashtags.
Each person writes a paper tweet. Group selects best two tweets to be looked at by class.
Best retweets will be posted on @EarthCareGeek
Homework: Do Carbon Footprint Quiz. Print out results. You need to do it on a computer that has Adobe Flash. If you don't have a computer, take a screenshot and email yourself and print from school. If you don't know the answer to a question, do your best guess. Notebook check on Block Day. Peer grade at home.
@Watsi (two Drake High School graduates) - helping people with health care around the world
Best tweets from each group posted on whiteboard. Groups come up one by one and read tweets. Each student can retweet (write @yourfirstname - ex. @Maria or @MariaJ if there is another kid with the same first name) on up to FOUR tweets that they would like retweeted. You may vote for your own, but you can only vote for each one once.
FInished Owl Pellet Lab
Create a food pyramid of their own diet - for last two days
Homework: Finish Carbon Footprint Quiz, if not done.
Day 28 Materials: Action Plan, Computers (1 per group is enough)
TWO Videos to inspire
Go over Action Plan requirements
Each team leader will get Action Plan Tracking sheet shared with them and add their group's actions. Remember: Individual actions do NOT need to be the same for each member.
Work time: Action Plan
Week of June 6
Week Deadlines Tuesday - last day to turn in any labs (Flower Dissection, Leaf Pigment, Owl Pellet Dissection) Block Day - Turn in any late Notebooks from last week Block Day - Late Sci Fri Songs due; Friday is the last Friday together so let's hear them all
Day 29 Materials:Take Extinction Off Your Plate(assigned on Google Classroom); Paper Tweets handouts Focus Question: What are the links between diet and the 6th mass extinction?
Videos - As you watch the following video, consider what new information did you learn about the link between diet and climate change? Is there a link between diet and the 6th mass extinction? Which video did you find more impactful? Why?
Work Time: Action Plan - No Cell Phones Today! If you want to write some tweets, use the paper forms. Get these approved from teacher before posting. The tweets can be sent tomorrow in class, after teacher approval.
Work Day: Things you can work on: Take Extinction Off Your Plate (Google Classroom), Action Plan, Late labs (due today), Late Notebooks (due block day), Sci Fri Songs
If you are doing Instagram, you must:
1. Fill in this form. (NO phones at this point.) 2. Share with teacher and get approval before posting. Homework: Google Classroom: Take Extinction Off Your Plate - Due Monday. Remember: You need to get a parent signature so you can either print it out and get it signed or share via Google Classroom and then bring in a note: "(Your name) has shared (his/her) Take the Extinction Off Your Plate project. _________________(Parent or guardian signature)" You may also work on Action Plan. Action plans will be presented Tuesday in class.
Day 31 (BLOCK Day) Materials: A World of Difference (download at PopulationEducation.org), black beans, red beans, pinto beans, sunflower seeds, black eyed peas, lima beans, chickpea (replaces peanut), bags to keep activity organized; A World of Difference handouts (download at PopulationEducation.org) Focus question: How does deforastation impact species?
Homework: Google Classroom: Take Extinction Off Your Plate; Monday & Tuesday - presentations of Action Plans
Materials: None Focus Question: How is the habitat on campus for other organisms? Collect Take Extinction Off Your Plate assignments Work Time Action Plan Presentations - start Walk About - Habitats and Biodiversity on Campus Homework: