Transformations in Matter and Energy Carbon TIME is an NSF-funded partnership led by Michigan State University
Activity 1.2: Expressing Ideas for Patterns in Ecosystems Worksheet (40 min)
Target Student Performance
Students ask and record specific questions about changes in matter and energy in response to the unit driving question: How many foxes can live in a meadow?
Resources You Provide
- sticky notes (1 for each student)
- Expressing Ideas and Questions for Patterns in Ecosystems PPT
- 1.2 Expressing Ideas and Questions Tool for Ecosystems (1 per student)
- 1.2 Assessing Expressing Ideas and Questions Tool for Ecosystems
- 1.2 Ecosystems Storyline Reading: Learning from the Work of Bonnie McGill (1 per student)
- Questions, Connections, Questions Student Reading Strategy
- (Optional) Big Idea Probe: Wolves and Deer (1 per student)
- (Optional) Assessing Big Idea Probe: Wolves and Deer
Print one copy of the 1.2 Expressing Ideas and Questions Tool for Ecosystems, Big Idea Probe: Wolves and Deer (optional), and a href="/sites/default/files/ecosystems/handouts/1.2_Ecosystems_Storyline_Reading.pdf" target="_blank">1.2 Ecosystems Storyline Reading for each student.
Use the 1.2 Assessing Expressing Ideas Tool for Ecosystems to note how students are responding. Do not tell them what Level 4 types of responses you are looking for, just that you are interested in how they are thinking about ecosystems right now.
Check to see what types of ideas students have about ecosystems.