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 populations’ physiological differences at high altitude in order to answer the lesson question: How is the Tibetan population able to live in low oxygen environments? Students obtain information from a diagram illustrating how oxygen is transported through the body and a series of articles. Using this information, students figure out that ethnically Tibetan populations have different physiological responses and adaptations to low oxygen environments than Han Chinese populations. Students will add new ideas to a model template that is similar to the previous lesson in order to explain how these adaptations help ethnically Tibetan people live in low oxygen environments.
This is Lesson 2 of the High Altitude Living Unit.
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