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Do Animals Belong in Zoos?

CC BY-SA 2.0 Ed Schilpul
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Middle School (grades 6-8) Science students begin this Project Based Learning (PBL) unit by examining whether or not Killer Whales do well in captivity. After this entry activity, their task (whether individually or in groups of up to four people) will be to chose an animal, examine what it needs to survive in the wild, then assess whether it can live as long or as well in captivity. Next, they will write an argument essay, supporting their position with evidence and analysis. They will work with a team to classify what is required for animals to do well in captivity and present their findings to classmates.

The newly implemented Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and Common Core State Standards (CCSS) support this project. Further, this project, while focused on Life Sciences, also addresses other NGSS strands. Further, 21st Century Skills are embedded in the learning plan and support student development in the classroom and beyond, as their work will be shared with local zoos and/or aquariums.



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