Download this FREE mangrove storyline teacher guide for a step-by-step guide in implementing an engaging, inquiry based, and personally relevant ecology unit on the mangrove forest ecosystem. This unit comprehensively covers all your middle school NGSS standards while emphasizing the important Science and Engineering Practices along the way!
In this unit, students investigate the reasons for mangrove forest destruction as well as the reasons that mangroves are essential to a healthy global ecosystem. Students will develop models of mangrove life cycles, food webs, carbon storage, and the shorelines that mangroves protect. Students also analyze data representing a world with and without mangroves. Ultimately, students design a solution to one of the problems that the mangroves face, and are able to argue with evidence in favor of protection and rehabilitation of these unique habitats.
What Students Figure Out
By the end of this unit, students develop understanding about: :
- The unique adaptations of the mangroves and the species which live among them.
- The role of the mangroves in establishing not only a safe haven for many species, but also as the foundation of a diverse food web.
- The importance of established, healthy ecosystems in maintaining biodiversity and the ways in which humans benefit from rich biodiversity.
- The many ecosystem services provided by the mangroves included shoreline protection from both erosion and large waves due to tropical storms.
- The mangrove’s unique ability to efficiently store and bury carbon and the impacts this has on the global climate.
- How seawater desalination programs may be affecting the mangrove ecosystems.
- Other ways humans are impacting the mangrove ecosystem’s health, and ways in which we can lessen our impact.
Skills covered in this unit include:
- Asking Questions
- Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information
- Developing and Using Models
- Constructing Explanations
- Analyzing and Interpreting Data
- Engaging in Argument
Key Features of this Unit:
- Can be implemented in person, hybrid, or virtual
- Several engaging Google Slides lessons
- Several guided reading resources for homework or class practice
- Project based learning
- Formative and summative assessment
Who is this mangrove storyline teacher guide resource for?
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 a variety of practice opportunities to suit learners of all different levels and learning styles.
This resource is ideal for teachers who teach in person, online, or hybrid. Digital versions are included with all resources to make lesson planning a breeze!
Included with each Lesson:
- Teacher Notes
- Student Sheet (PDF)
- Student Sheet Digital Version (Google Slides or Docs)
- Guiding Presentation (a short Google Slides to use in class to guide the lesson)
- UAE version and general version
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