Environmental Science for High School

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Link to Resource: https://www.natureworkseverywhere.org/resources/?tag=featured
Resource Type:Classroom Activities; Curricula and Instruction
Grade Level:
9 10 11 12
Organization:The Nature Conservancy
Summary:Two environmental science units from the Nature Conservancy's Nature Works Everywhere program help high school students (grades 9-12) gain a global perspective on conservation. Both units include a teachers guide, lesson plans, student handouts, links, and videos. In Recording the Rainforest, students discover how science and acoustic technology can be used to protect the land, plants, and animals in one of the world's most diverse regions: Indonesian Borneo. Students learn about the topic through an interactive story map and a video highlighting The Nature Conservancy's research there. They also analyze real data to examine how sound can be used to assess landscape health and prescribe land management techniques that support biodiversity. Nature's First Defenders addresses various perspectives and issues involved in conservation, including how re relate to nature, how culture influences our viewpoints, and how we can address and reconcile differences. Students explore the issues through a video describing how indigenous people are reviving traditional stewardship in Canada; a Socratic seminar; and classroom discussions around human relationships with nature, environmental justice, indigenous rights, and environmental policy.
Earth Science Big Ideas:Big Idea 6; Big Idea 9
NGSS Discplinary Core Ideas:ESS2.E; ESS3.C
NGSS Performance Expectations:HS-ESS2-7; HS-ESS3-3; HS-ESS3-4
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices:Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering); Engaging in argument from evidence; Using mathematics and computational thinking
NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:Stability and change
Subjects: activities; environment; environmental science; high school; lesson; stewardship; video
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