Students will collect data through a simulation game on deforestation and be able to describe how humans have impacted a simulated forest.
3.6, 3.7, 4.2, 5.7, 5.9, 7.3
|Lesson Components||Time||Inquiry Skills||Tech. Used||Engage Level||Brief Description|
|Engage||15 min||3.6||Internet||3||Students quiz each other on facts about deforestation. Students then view a NASA visualization of rainforest deforestation and make observations. Another Internet mapping tool is used to zoom into the area.|
|Explore||30 min||3.7, 4.2||None||3||Students perform a simulation of deforestation due to subsistence farming. They record data for analysis.|
|Explain||15 min||5.7, 5.9, 7.3||None||2||Students share graphed data in a gallery walk. They discuss how their forest plots changed due to human activity. They also discuss how this simulation has both strengths and weaknesses in representing reality.|
|15 min||3.6||Internet||2||Students use the Global Forest Watch mapping tool to investigate an area of the Earth they are personally interested in. They describe in writing how this area has changed over the last 10-20 years.|
|Level of Student Engagement|
|1||Low||Listen to lecture, observe the teacher, individual reading, teacher demonstration, teacher-centered instruction|
|2||Medium||Raise questions, lecture with discussion, record data, make predictions, technology interaction with assistance|
|3||High||Hands-on activity or inquiry; critique others, draw conclusions, make connections, problem-solve, student-centered|
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