THIS DAY IN SCIENCE: National Forest Week (Sept 20-26) in 1994

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Over-arching Inquiry: Can the understanding of biodiversity help us to analyze the impact of man’s actions?

Learning Goal: Explain why biodiversity is important to maintaining viable ecosystems; analyse the effects of various human activities on the diversity of living things.

The specific task included is the ultimate assignment. It uses a Triage Team approach to address a local environmental disaster event. The task is designed to pull together a field study with all the overall expectations for the Diversity of Living things unit. I have outlined how I approached setting up this unit to allow students multiple opportunities to develop and hone their critical thinking skills.

I recommend you treat what is provided as a framework rather than a lesson plan. If lesson plans are what you are looking for they are there as well to inspire some creative thinking.

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