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Altitude, Mountain Ranges, and Lakes 5E Instructional Model Plan

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Altitude, Mountain Ranges, and Lakes 5E Instructional Model Plan

Students learn about rainshadow/orographic effect by making observations of mountain range and ocean location, direction of prevailing winds, and vegetation on each side of the mountain range in a region that exhibits rainshadow effect. Students then collect temperature and rainfall data from the same region and write an explanation for the climate categories found in the region investigated during the explore phase. Students apply their understanding of the processes that drive by rainshadow effect by explaining why large lakes located in cold climate regions can cause lake snow effect.

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Apparent Pathway of the Sun 5E Instructional Model Plan

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Apparent Pathway of the Sun 5E Instructional Model Plan

 

Students learn about apparent pathway of the sun by making observations from a simulator depicting the apparent pathway of the sun and creating a diagram that they use to explain why Longyearbyen, Norway goes months without daylight. Students extend their thinking about apparent pathway of the sun and angle of insolation by creating a diagrammatic model of a solar panel that would optimally harness the energy from the Sun.

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Cell Theory 5E Instructional Model Plan

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Cell Theory 5E Instructional Model Plan

In this plan, students explore the notion that all living things are made of cells. This, again, is appropriate moment to address the underlying connections to the history of life on Earth.

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Cellular Respiration and Experimental Design 5E Instructional Model Plan

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Cellular Respiration and Experimental Design 5E Instructional Model Plan

All living organisms, regardless of how they get their own food, need to carry out cellular respiration in order to harness the energy from that food. In this instructional sequence, students will experiment with a very simple organism that carries out cellular respiration, design a new experiment using the same materials, and analyze problems based scenarios based on what they learned. The sequence allows teachers to build in opportunity to focus on Experimental Design, Graphing and Diagramming Skills, in addition to topics in Cellular Respiration.

Characteristics of Life 5E Instructional Model Plan

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Characteristics of Life 5E Instructional Model Plan

Students explore the characteristics of life through observing living things, coming up with lists of criteria, and comparing those lists with the criteria in nonfiction texts. The discussion of students' findings may allow teachers to explore the history of life on Earth or preview?in a conceptual way?evolution and the commonalities found across all life.

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Circulatory and Respiratory Systems 5E Instructional Model Plan

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Circulatory and Respiratory Systems 5E Instructional Model Plan

 

The circulatory and respiratory systems work together in a dynamic way to maintain oxygen and carbon dioxide levels in the human body. Students will engage with content through the New York State Making Connections Lab. In terms of the marathon runner mystery/problem, students may think that the runner died because of a heart attack or overexertion in some way. This instruction should help them see why the evidence doesn't support that conclusion.

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Climate Change 5E Instructional Model Plan

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Climate Change 5E Instructional Model Plan

Students learn about the greenhouse effect and how an increasing concentration of greenhouse gases are contributing to a rise in average global temperature. Students further their understanding of how humans are contributing to current climate change by reading an interactive text and watching a video. Students extend their thinking by exploring the implications of climate change in the regions be analyzed for the performance task.

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Coastal vs. Inland Climate 5E Instructional Model Plan

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Coastal vs. Inland Climate 5E Instructional Model Plan

In this 5E lesson sequence students learn about how proximity to oceans impacts climate by collecting and graphing cooling/heating data for sand and water. Then students apply their learning to a climate through an analysis of two cities at similar altitude and latitude, one of which is coastal and one of which is inland. Students further their understanding of how oceans affect climate by exploring the climate implications of ocean surface current origin and temperature. Finally, students extend their thinking by learning how an El Nino event can affect the climate of western United States.

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Components of a Stable Ecosystem 5E Instructional Model Plan

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Components of a Stable Ecosystem 5E Instructional Model Plan

Stable ecosystems are complex and dynamic systems that rely on the interconnectedness between organisms and between organisms and their environment. In this sequence, students explore the components and organization of ecosystems, how energy flows through food chains and webs, and how nutrients are cycled to maintain life.

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Diabetes 5E Instructional Model Plan

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Diabetes 5E Instructional Model Plan

In this 5E sequence, students learn that diabetes is a failure of homeostasis and explore the multiple causes behind the rise in type II diabetes and how some diseases (e.g. diabetes, cancer) have a complex epidemiology.

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Earth's Rotation 5E Instructional Model Plan

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Earth's Rotation 5E Instructional Model Plan

 

Students learn about evidence for Earth's rotation by making observations of a Foucault pendulum video and a Coriolis effect simulator. Students then provide reasoning for why the evidence they have investigated supports the claim that the Earth rotates. Additionally, students learn about the concept of time zones by graphing time vs longitude data and creating an algebraic model to represent the relationship between time and latitude.

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Ecosystem Disruption & Recovery 5E Instructional Model Plan

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Ecosystem Disruption & Recovery 5E Instructional Model Plan

Ecosystems can return to dynamic equilibrium after a natural or human-caused disruption. After a disruption, ecosystems proceed through a process that may return them to their initial state or to a new equilibrium based on the complexity of the ecosystem and the nature of the disturbance. In this sequence, students explore different examples of disturbances and how ecosystems recover and change from these events.

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