Introduction


Major Themes for the Unit

  • Scientific themes: Watersheds, Human Impacts of Water Diversion, Soil & Water Quality
  • Scientific practice: Argumentation and Explanation Construction
  • SSI: Are river district communities (cities, towns, landowners located along river shorelines) entitled to engage in river management projects (levees, dams, etc.) to protect their property from floodwaters?

 

Driving Question: What are the implications of river management on river district communities?

 

Concepts needed to explore the driving question

  • Science concepts:
    • Watersheds
    • River management
    • Water & soil quality
  • Social concerns influencing negotiation of the issue:
    • Environmental
    • Economics
    • Politics
    • Social

 

Unit-level performance expectations

  • Evaluate or refine a technological solution that reduces impacts of human activities on natural systems (NGSS HS-ESS3-4).
  • Use a computational representation to illustrate the relationships among Earth systems and how those relationships are being modified due to human activity (NGSSHS-ESS3-6) .
  • Construct an explanation based on evidence for how the availability of natural resources, occurrence of natural hazards, and changes in climate have influenced human activity (NGSS HS-ESS3-1).

 

Unit assessment(s)

  • CER chart- Intro to Unit
  • The effect of river management lab 
  • Soil Testing Lab for soil texture and wikiwater shed model
  • Soil Testing lab for nutrients
  • Culminating Project

 

Lesson sequences

 

Acknowledgments

The materials associated with the Vanishing Prairie Unit are based upon work supported by The Missouri Transect, a National Science Foundation EPSCoR Program, Cooperative Agreement IIA-1355406. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

 

Download the PDF