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Change is an inevitable factor of all existence and your class has the task of looking at three different patterns of change that affect our modern world. Question one focuses on advancements that have prolonged the average life expectancy. Question two has them compare and contrast global and US migration of the past to the present. Question three requires them to discuss issues of overpopulation.
Students make estimates on how many people they believe live on Earth. While watching a video, they take notes on the issues facing Kenya, Japan and India. In groups, they calculate how long it takes for a country to double in size. To end the lesson, they discuss the challenges countries face with increasing populations.
Investigate water pollution. Learners start out by completing the know and want to know portions of a KWL chart on water pollution. They read a story that stimulates thinking about water pollution and view an online resource related to pollution. Hold a discussion about what can be done to change the damage that has been done. The assessment is a RAFT project. An assignment sheet, a pdf of the story, and a link to the National Geographic online resource is included.
High schoolers learn about China's One Child Policy. They read an article about a specific family's experience under the policy (not included) and research and explain the key points of the policy. They assess the pros and cons in a graphic organizer. Finally, they participate in a formal debate on the One Child Policy and write a brief position paper.
Students define the following terms: predation, competition, carrying capacity and population. They can explain the patterns of growth and the limitations of growth. Students explain the difference between density-dependent and density-independent factors and give examples of each. They apply the scientific method to a population growth experiment to show the effects of different factors in populations.
Eleventh graders brainstorm controversial themes of Spanish-speaking countries. They read articles written in Spanish. They discuss the articles, practicing their Spanish speaking skills. Students conduct research and design a presentation about one of the themes from above.
Sixth graders complete a WebQuest to study the names and locations of the planets in the solar system. They investigate the causes of the seasons and the distance between the planets using astronomical units. They use technology to research and communicate information and ideas.
Young scientists identify the major bodies of this solar system through a fun and engaging anticipatory activitity. They will then apply knowledge gained through previous experiences as well as a short research activity to the task of understanding the possible needs for colonizing another planet.
Young scholars brainstorm a list of stereotypes associated with the Hispanic or Latin culture. In groups, they use the internet to research issues of importance to the Puerto Rican community. They focus on the cultures that speak Spanish and how ethnicity applies to various groups within the United States. To end the instructional activity, they read a poem and write their reflections.
History comes alive for young scholars as they develop an immigrant persona and "become" immigrants who make the journey from Europe to the United States. Once on American soil, they experience the immigration process as they participate in a simulation of the Ellis Island immigration station.