The purpose of this lab is to have students apply their knowledge of how chemicals cycle through the living and nonliving components of an ecosystem. Specifically, they will explore their natural surroundings where they live to determine ”How Healthy Are Your Local Ecosystems?” The Teacher Notes provide the connections to standards, references, a timeline, safety notes, information on materials and preparation, and instructions for facilitating the lesson and assessing student outcomes. After the Teacher Notes, you will find a Lab Handout and Checkout Questions. Before beginning the lesson, we recommend reading Chapters 1 and 2, which are included in this book selection. Chapter 1 provides an overview of Argument-Driven Inquiry (ADI) with an explanation of what happens during each of the eight stages of ADI, which are the same for every ADI investigation. Chapter 2 focuses on the lab investigations that were designed using the ADI instructional model. The investigations are not meant to constitute a curriculum or to replace an existing one but rather to change the laboratory component of middle school life science courses. This book selection also includes Table of Contents, Preface, Acknowledgments, About the Authors, Introduction, Appendixes, Image credits, and Index...


Middle School


Type Book ChapterPub Date 7/13/2015Pages 102

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