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Crickets in My Lunch? Performance Task

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Crickets in My Lunch? Performance Task

After reading about the use of crickets for human consumption as a food source, students write a response to the following question: How can the addition of crickets make school lunches more nutritious? Students will apply what they have learned about digestion, macronutrients, and human energy needs in order to write an informational paragraph or essay about why crickets are a good food source and can make school lunches more nutritious.

From Pangaea to the Present

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From Pangaea to the Present

If the continents moved over time, how an why could this have occurred? What can we investigate further that might provide clues about how and why the continents moved?

Alfred Wegener thought that the jigsaw puzzle appearance of continents,  as well as identical fossils and geographic formations, could be explained by the existence of a supercontinent in the ancient past that split apart over time. His theory, continental drift, was widely rejected and ridiculed because he could not explain how and why the massive continents could have moved. Additionally, Wegener also predicted that volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, and mountain building could be explained by the continents moving.

In this unit, your task is to conduct investigations and collect evidence that will uncover the mystery of how and why the continents could have moved. Be sure to consider Wegener’s prediction that continental movement is associated with volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, and mountain building. 
 

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Hudson River Ecology Performance Task

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Hudson River Ecology Performance Task

How does the invasion of zebra mussels in the Hudson River affect one biotic or abiotic factor in the river ecosystem? To answer this question, students write a scientific explanation using evidence from texts, videos, and secondary data sources, along with sound scientific reasoning and logic, in order to support their claim.

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Hunting for Earth 2.0 Performance Task

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Hunting for Earth 2.0 Performance Task

This performance task is meant to build upon students' prior ideas and what they learn about the universe and celestial bodies. We have designed the unit so students have opportunities to explore and revise/add to the performance task at multiple points, allowing them to apply and evaluate their own understandings about the concepts covered in Unit 1.

Marathon Runner Problem Performance Task

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Marathon Runner Problem Performance Task

In this performance task, students apply their knowledge of the different ways that the body maintains homeostasis, in order to determine the cause for a marathon runner's collapse.

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Mystery Organism Task

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Mystery Organism Task

Students complete a decision-making chart in order to generate a claim about a mystery organism. Students then use evidence from the unit to construct a scientific explanation.

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Natural Disaster PSA for Your Community Performance Task

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Natural Disaster PSA for Your Community Performance Task

In this unit you learned about various natural hazards and how they happen. Use your understandings of these phenomena to make a prediction of which natural disasters are likely to occur New York City? You will then describe the steps residents of NYC should take to prepare for this natural disaster. Additionally, in order to minimize human contributions to extreme weather events create a plan for minimizing your carbon footprint and share it with members of your community.

 

 

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Species Survival Plan Performance Task

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Species Survival Plan Performance Task

In this performance task, students address the following task: "How are human activities altering the physical and living environment? Is it possible to save species from extinction? To answer these questions, write a narrative explaining three possible actions that could lead to the survival of a specific keystone species that is currently under threat. Use evidence from texts, videos, and secondary data sources, along with sound scientific reasoning and logic, to create your narrative."

Unit 4 Does this Fossil Exist in New York State? Performance Task

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Unit 4 Does this Fossil Exist in New York State? Performance Task

Your challenge is to determine what your fossil is, how old the fossil is, and if the fossil could be found within the bedrock of New York State. You will organize your data about the fossil with the aid of a variety of questions. Based on the data provided and your Earth Science Reference Table, write a scientific explanation using evidence determining if your fossil could have existed in New York State.

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Where Would You Live? Performance Task

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Where Would You Live? Performance Task

The distribution of human populations over time has been largely influenced by the Earth's geography and climate. As global climate changes, the impact on geography and climate will be profound, inevitably causing challenges to the quality of life and survival of human and animal populations, forcing migration. Where would you want to live in the future in order to ensure that you're comfortable and safe? Consider current geography and climate and how these might be impacted by climate change in the year 2100.

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