20 May Science 8 Which human impact topics “impacted” you? Student actions in support of the environment?

  1. What was your greatest accomplishment from the human impact on the environment project? Describe and explain fully.
  2. What topics did you know least about?
  3. What topics did you learn most about? Give examples of some of the things you learned.
  4. What topic areas seem most significant to you? Explain.
  5. What concepts are puzzling or confusing to you? List all you can think of. Explain what is puzzling or confusing.
  6. What concepts did you notice as puzzling or confusing for your classmates–from your topic and from others?
  7. (How, for example, do you understand the mechanism by which an increase in the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere leads to global warming? What do you think actually happens with sunlight and carbon dioxide molecules? After all, the proportion of the atmosphere that is composed of carbon dioxide is pretty small  0.0397%–though the concentration has increased dramatically 280 part per million in 1850; 407 parts per million in 2016. How can such a “small” amount have such a large effect? Are analogies like a “blanket” accurate?)
  8. What did you find challenging about planning (discussion and activity)?
  9. To what extent did you practice your activity and try out any hands-on parts? Was your practice sufficient? Why or why not?
  10. What aspects of the topics related to concepts studied in other parts of the year? Explain.
  11. Where do you feel most inclined to take action(s) in order to address the problems described in the human impact projects?

Good news: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/may/18/portugal-runs-for-four-days-straight-on-renewable-energy-alone

Students’ action in support of the environment:

http://www.bostonherald.com/news/columnists/bob_mcgovern/2016/05/mcgovern_sjc_sides_with_teens_in_global_warming_fight

 

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