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 places that have or are experiencing environmental changes to see how organisms are being affected by these changes. Students research which physiological strategies and traits are helping an organism survive and reproduce in the changed environment. Students evaluate if these physiological strategies or traits have genetic mechanisms involved, and model how evolution by natural selection might change the population over time. Students then create a DIY Exhibit that will be shared with their community. Students use information from their models, articles, and other work from previous lessons to develop possible explanations and use it to talk about the role humans can play in protecting different nonhuman populations. Students receive peer feedback and revise their exhibits for public exhibition.
This is Lesson 8 of the High Altitude Living Unit.
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Per Small Group (2 to 4 students)