Salmon vs. Dams: The Dam Removal Debate on the Elwha River
Students use roll playing to discuss the merits of tearing down these dams so that the Elwha River can run free. The activity is presented in the form of a council meeting to encourage students to try to build consensus in finding solutions.
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10th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
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10th - 11th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
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7th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
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9th - 12th Science CCSS: Designed
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11th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
A Mock Town Meeting on a Proposed Tank Farm
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9th - 12th Science CCSS: Adaptable
New Review Shedding a "Little" Light on Cancer Surgery
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10th - 12th Science CCSS: Adaptable