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Community Health Public Service Announcement (PSA) Performance Task

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Community Health Public Service Announcement (PSA) Performance Task

Which disease is the biggest issue in your community? Students write an explanation/rationale for a selected disease, and create a Public Service Announcement that educates the community about disease prevention or treatment.

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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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History of Life Performance Task

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History of Life Performance Task

In this performance task, students use evidence to create and justify a timeline of the history of life on Earth.

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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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Modeling Celestial Phenomena and Making Predictions Performance Task

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Modeling Celestial Phenomena and Making Predictions Performance Task

What would happen if an asteroid hit the Earth and changed its tilt? What if the Earth stopped spinning?
Which one of these scenarios would you like to have your classmates investigate and make predictions about? Using materials provided by your teacher and any other teacher approved materials you can gather at home, create a model that explains two of the celestial phenomena you studied in this unit. This model should also allow you and others to make predictions about one of the scenarios/questions above or any other interesting scenarios/questions you can come up with yourself.

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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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Pests in the City Performance Task

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Pests in the City Performance Task

In this unit, students study an urban pest?lice, roaches, bed bugs, or mosquitoes?and develop a plan for getting rid of this pest. The plan should detail a specific pest management strategy, taking into account science concepts from all of Living Environment that are relevant to the plan. Students then present their plans to someone in their family or in the community, and get their feedback on the plan.

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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 3 Monument Mayhem Performance Task

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Unit 3 Monument Mayhem Performance Task

Using evidence from a samples of rock collected at two different monuments on Earth, the ESRT, and activities from class, develop a scientific claim about which monument is in most immediate need of repair, and support this claim with specific evidence referenced from this unit.

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