High School | Daily Do
Sensemaking is actively trying to figure out how the world works (science) or how to design solutions to problems (engineering). Students do science and engineering through the science and engineering practices. Engaging in these practices necessitates that students be part of a learning community to be able to share ideas, evaluate competing ideas, give and receive critique, and reach consensus. Whether this community of learners is made up of classmates or family members, students and adults build and refine science and engineering knowledge together.
High school students, as scientists, investigate people’s experiences at high altitudes in order to answer the following driving question: How can some people live at higher altitudes while other people get ill visiting these places? Students figure out that high altitude locations have lower oxygen levels and the lower oxygen levels are what causes mountain sickness for visitors. Students will model their initial ideas about what they think is different physiologically between people who live in low oxygen environments and those that visit there.
This is Lesson 1 of the High Altitude Living Storyline Unit.
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