This Unit for high school environmental science covers four chapters on aquatic ecosystems and water resources of the textbook “AP Edition of Living in the Environment” 18th Edition. By G. Tyler Miller and Scott E. Spillman. Among other resources, it includes a lab on soil permeability and bioswales, homework on Coral Reefs, and a final role play public meeting where student play stakeholders (farmers, chamber of commerce, etc.) presenting their positions on the water supply development options for a town.
Environmental Science Water Resources and Aquatic Ecosystems Unit
Grade Level Grades 9-12
Resource Type Activity, Handout, Presentation
Synthesize information from a range of sources (e.g., texts, experiments, simulations) into a coherent understanding of a process, phenomenon, or concept, resolving conflicting information when possible.
Draw evidence from informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
Develop claim(s) and counterclaims fairly, supplying data and evidence for each while pointing out the strengths and limitations of both claim(s) and counterclaims in a discipline-appropriate form and in a manner that anticipates the audience’s knowledge level and concerns.
Investigate a science-based societal issue by researching the literature, analyzing data, and communicating the findings. Examples of issues include irradiation of food, cloning of animals by somatic cell nuclear transfer, choice of energy sources, and land and water use decisions in California.
Evaluate a solution to a complex real-world problem based on prioritized criteria and trade-offs that account for a range of constraints, including cost, safety, reliability, and aesthetics, as well as possible social, cultural, and environmental impacts.