19, 23, 25, 27 April Science 8 Human Impact Project research, planning, preparation

Keep in mind: “Everything is connected.” “You can’t change just one thing.”

Tragedy of the Commons (mentioned in yesterday’s ET):

http://www.garretthardinsociety.org/articles_pdf/tragedy_of_the_commons.pdf

http://science.sciencemag.org/content/162/3859/1243.full

Note for 27 April.

Be fully prepared to conduct your discussion and activity starting 2 May–EVEN IF YOU ARE SCHEDULED LATER!!!

These items should be complete and uploaded in your DSN in a folder that is accessible for viewing by anyone who has the link.

  • A document with the annotated bibliography on your topic.
  • A document where you have outlined your ideas, questions, and reflections about your topic.
  • A document where you have planned your discussion.
  • BRIEF slide presentation with main points, questions, etc. that helps you lead the discussion.
  • A document with the plan for the activity you lead. This plan will include how the activity is connected to your topic and discussion. The projected time frame and details of procedure. Materials and plan for distributing. Expected outcomes.

TODAY respond to the following in an email to <rfrazier@aes.ac.in>. Keep your responses as a document in your DSN as well. Put YOUR name and sci 8 comments in the subject line–like this <Richard Frazier Sci 8 Comments>.

  1. What did you think of the presentation about the Yamuna River Project? How many of our class’s sub-topics had some relation to ideas in the YRP? Explain. What most captured your attention? What do you have questions about–What are they?
  2. Describe your level of engagement and concern regarding both the specific  and the general human impact topic. How do you respond to the proposition that the whole set of sub-topics in your class are the most important of your life?
  3. Write a descriptive statement that you see as accurate about your year in Science 8. Include a couple of examples. You may refer to yourself by name (3rd person).
  4. Describe areas of growth you experienced this year–in terms of scientific ideas/concepts; science practices; cross-cutting concepts. Of course, provide examples.
  5. Describe areas of growth you experienced this year–in terms of learning habits.
  6. Describe areas where you think you need to grow (ideas; practices; cross-cutting concepts; learning habits)–especially to meet the demands of high school. Specific examples.
  7. Most fascinating/stimulating topic/activity/concept this year. Why do you think you found them so?
  8. Most puzzling topic/activity/concept  this year (you still have questions–what are they)
  9. Any additional comments you would like to make about your learning, your experience, your goals for the future.

During the 23-27 April week, finish your plans. Gather all materials needed. Practice/time your activity. Have all documents (1. Annotated bibliography, 2. Slide presentation to structure discussion/activity, 3. Activity plan, 4. Discussion plan, 5. Thinking/reflection log kept during your research and planning) uploaded into your digital science notebook in a folder. Share the folder for viewing with anyone who has the link. We will share those links across classes. 

Let me know if you have any questions.

Pay attention during Earthweek. There will be relevant information. Thursday’s speaker should be perfect for understanding more about human impact on the environment.

Describe how you will introduce your topic and how you hope to sequence the discussion and activity. Work out a schedule/timeframe. What questions will you use to prompt? What responses do you expect? How will you respond and follow up? How will you encourage discussion between students? How will you restate, summarize, move to the next point?

You need a materials list for your activity. In that list, indicate what materials you need from our science supply. If we have it (and it is safe), you may use it. If we do not have it, you will need to consider alternatives.

Create a BRIEF google slide presentation to help you with the structure of your discussion/activity.

What you should have started:

  1. A document in your DSN with the annotated bibliography on your topic.
  2. A document in your DSN where you are outlining, writing your ideas, questions, and reflections about your topic. How is
  3. A document where you plan your discussion. (Consultation with Dr.F)
  4. BRIEF slide presentation with main points, questions, etc. to help you lead the discussion.
  5. A document with the plan for the activity you will lead. (Consultation with Dr. F) This plan will include how the activity is connected to your topic and discussion. The projected time frame and details of procedure. Materials and plan for distributing. Expected outcomes.
  1. Conduct research, annotate sources, and compile an annotated bibliography: Well-respected, credible, reliable, valid, accurate websites, journals, in the news (BBC, NYT, NPR, TOI—other sources with approval), books, videos; Interviews and firsthand observations. Dr. F will post resources and links to resources. Be on the lookout!

You should look at 3-4 sources each day provided for research. The bibliography is arranged in alphabetical order by author’s last name. Include a minimum of 9 sources–reliable scientists, reliable information, reasoned (backed up with evidence) arguments, critiques, and policy recommendations. No references without author attribution (no Wikipedia, for example). Be very, very careful with blogposts and opinion sites. Be able to justify the sources you include.

Annotation format:

  • Bibliographic information in MLA or APA citation style. Complete and consistent.
  • Description of resource (context, type, etc.);
  • Summary of main ideas and important details;
  • Assessment of quality, validity, reliability, point of view, etc.;
  • Your reaction–what it makes you think of, what questions you have, how you feel about the implications of the ideas, facts, argument.
  1. Lead a class activity that is preferably interactive, hands-on/experiential, inquiry-oriented, thought-provoking. The activity should be clearly linked to the topic. Because the time is short you should focus on some aspect of the topic rather than try to encompass the entire topic.
  2. Create Presentation and lead a discussion that is directed toward understanding the science and the issues—Brainstorming Solutions—Present existing proposals for solutions. Class members should do most of the talking. The discussion leader asks questions, clarifies, keeps the discussion on track. This may be a new experience.
  3. You need to prepare for 25 minutes for both #2 and #3 above. Discuss with Dr. F how you might organize your 25 minutes.

Reporting standards:

  • SEP
  • Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions
  • Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information
  • CCC
  • Systems and System Models
  • DCI
  • Ecosystem Dynamics, Functioning, and Resilience
  • Human Impacts on Earth Systems

Tentative schedule:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/19pC9XXhM1UdcTXYIK-L8mVLhhweSaxLFMAXmwQCP3uY/edit?usp=sharing

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