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This science unit helps students understand how human activity impacts ecosystems and explore evidence-based solutions geared toward lessening this impact. Students will conduct a lab simulation, complete a Literary Design Collaborative research paper in the form of a National Geographic article, and deliver an oral presentation to share findings using visual aids. For easy use and customization, files are available in PDF and Word. The unit can also be downloaded in pieces or in full.
Here’s what we know: Implementing a comprehensive, standards-aligned curriculum is a complex undertaking, even in a typical, in-person classroom. There are new pedagogical approaches to consider, texts and topics to unpack, instructional shifts to practice, academic routines to introduce, and the list goes on.
Research tells us that high-quality, aligned instructional materials is important in helping teachers support their students in mastering the skills, knowledge, and experience they need to be college and career ready.
Much has been written and debated on the state-led shift toward more rigorous, consistent K-12 education standards commonly known as Common Core. At the same time, that intense focus on the standards has obscured an equally important shift – the adoption of instructional resources aligned to the new standards.
Aug 12, 2017
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