Give your students a practical experience in designing solutions for protecting the mangrove forest with regard to criteria and constraints using this engaging lesson focused on mangrove forests.
This lesson, although intended as a part of an NGSS Storyline on mangrove forests, can be used as a standalone lesson on the following topics:
Begin by introducing the ways in which Abu Dhabi has already begun working to protect and restore the mangroves using the hook about the Mirfa Lagoon. This should get students thinking about how technology and science can work together to solve practical problems.
Next, students will begin to design a solution to a problem of their choice by defining the problem. Teachers may prefer students to work alone or with a partner for this activity.
After that, take a moment to go over the definitions of criteria and constraints and have students determine both for their problem.
Finally, give the individuals/groups time to sketch out a model or write a description of the solution they have proposed.
When students are done, have individuals/groups pair up and share their ideas with one another. This can be done as many or as few times as time allows. It’s also an option to have students come to the front of the room and share with the group in that way.
Option: Turn this activity into more of a project by having students create posters, brochures, or presentations to “sell” their proposed solution to an audience. (Rubric included.)
To conclude, students answer a few comprehension questions and share their thoughts with the group.
This resource can be used by classroom teachers, tutors, and parents of students in grades 6-9. It comprehensively covers the topics mentioned, and provides opportunities for student responses which can be implemented in a whole group lesson or assigned for homework.
This lesson is ideal for classrooms with devices that have internet access.
This lesson is a part of a NGSS storyline unit that addresses the question: What would happen if mangrove forests disappeared?
This resource was originally designed to be used to support the conservation and restoration efforts of the UAE’s rich mangrove forest ecosystems. It has since been modified for use around the world.
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NGSS STANDARDS COVERED BY THIS DESIGNING SOLUTIONS FOR PROTECTING THE MANGROVE FOREST: