HABITAT for the Other 90%
By Jason Weinberger, July 2, 2009
- High School
- Design for the Other 90%
- Social Studies
Common Core Standards
Anchors for Reading:
Key Ideas and Details:
Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
Analyze how and why individuals, events, or ideas develop and interact over the course of a text.
Integration of Knowledge and Ideas:
Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.
Delineate and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, including the validity of the reasoning as well as the relevance and sufficiency of the evidence.
Analyze how two or more texts address similar themes or topics in order to build knowledge or to compare the approaches the authors take.
Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity:
Read and comprehend complex literary and informational texts independently and proficiently.
Anchor standards for Speaking and Listening:
Comprehension and Collaboration:
Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.
Evaluate a speaker's point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric.
Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas:
Present information, findings, and supporting evidence such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and communicative tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.
Anchor standards for Language:
Conventions of Standard English:
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
Knowledge of Language:
Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style, and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening.
Vocabulary Acquisition and Use:
Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases by using context clues, analyzing meaningful word parts, and consulting general and specialized reference materials, as appropriate.
Acquire and use accurately a range of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases sufficient for reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college and career readiness level; demonstrate independence in gathering vocabulary knowledge when encountering an unknown term important to comprehension or expression.
- investigate how humans have adapted to diverse environments
- design a product/service or plan that meets the needs (food, water, shelter) of people in a particular habitat
- handouts (attached)
- media center resources
- materials for poster presentation (poster board, art supplies) or
- PowerPoint software for presentation
- temperature: the degree of hotness or coldness of a body or environment (corresponding to its molecular activity)
- sunlight: the rays of the sun
- water: binary compound that occurs at room temperature as a clear colorless odorless tasteless liquid
- nutrients: chemicals that an organism needs to live and grow
- minerals: inorganic elements that are essential constituents of all cells
- pH: the logarithm of the reciprocal of hydrogen-ion concentration in gram atoms per liter; provides a measure on a scale from 0 to 14 of the acidity or alkalinity of a solution (where 7 is neutral and greater than 7 is more basic and less than 7 is more acidic)
- topography: the configuration of a surface and the relations among its man-made and natural features
- elevation: a raised or elevated geological formation
- precipitation: the falling to earth of any form of water
- barometric pressure: the amount of downward force exerted by the weight of the air above us, relational to the amount of humidity (water) in the air
- pollution: the introduction of contaminants into an environment that causes instability, disorder, harm or discomfort to the ecosystem
- soil composition: the percent of mineral particles present in the soil (sand, silt, loam, and/or clay)