Driving or Multi-dimensional Question:
Given a specified stream or aquatic environment will aquatic animals survive, maintain, or thrive?
Students will collect data and research the life sustaining requirements for respiration and digestive reactions of aquatic life. Students will be supported in collection of data by several organizations. Students will present the findings in written and presentation formats.
In groups of 4 students will visit the specified area (field trip/ virtual field trip). With the help of a local environment and conservation office present students with options of aquatic animals to pick their favorite
Students will present the data findings as applied to the suitability and sustainability of three chosen aquatic animals for a specified aquatic system. The data and defense will be presented through a google slide and in a research paper.
Next Generation Standard
HS-PS1-5. Apply scientific principles and evidence to provide an explanation about the effects of changing the temperature or concentration of the reacting particles on the rate at which a reaction occurs.
A. Make inferences and justify conclusions from sample surveys, experiments, and observational studies.
ELA and Other Standards:
11-12.SL.CC.2 Integrate multiple sources of information presented in diverse media formats in order to make informed decisions and solve problems; evaluate the credibility and accuracy of each source and note any discrepancies among the data.
Created By: Sally Rodgers
Grade Level or Subject: Physical Science; Chemistry
Tennessee Academic Standards for Science Connection
Disciplinary Core Idea: Physical Science; Chemistry
Science and Engineering Practices: Conducting Investigations Analyzing and Interpreting Data
Cross Cutting Concepts: Stability and Change
21st Century Skills
- Critical Thinking
- Communication Skills
- Collaboration (Team Building)
- Creativity and Innovation
For more information on this lesson please see the Lesson Resources below
|Activities||Resources and Materials|
|Activity One||Introduction into respiration and digestion reactions of aquatic animals.|
Visit the chosen aquatic habitat site with TDEC. Students will choose three aquatic animals and research the water temperature, flow rate and dissolved oxygen needed for this animal not only to survive but thrive.
|Activity Three||Use Vernier dissolved oxygen sensors, flow sensors and thermometers to record data in the chosen area. TTU’s exercise science instructor and team will teach kayak /canoe safety and monitor for safety while students are in the water. TTU’s Director of the Water Center will teach students how to properly take data||
Vernier sensors:Dissolved Oxygen sensor Water flow rate sensor
Students will analyze the collected data. The data will be used in determining if the aquatic animals will survive based on the nutritional needs of the reactions.
|Computers for data recording|
Students will write a report citing evidence comparing the data collected to sources from TVA, Tennessee Corp of Engineers, and TTU water Center.
Computers for Google slides presentationGoogle docs
Technology Integration: Students will use Vernier probes for water flow rate and dissolved oxygen. Students will use Google to collect and share data. Students will also write a paper of the findings and built a presentation on Google.
|Community Partners||Contribution to Learning Experience||Contact Information|
Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation TDEC
TDEC stream study and samples of aquatic animals
TVA- water quality support- Lana Bean
TVA recorded data and information on aquatic animals
Your State Corp. of Engineers
Permission to use the land and canoes
TTU – Exercise Science Christy Killman
Safety in canoes and volunteers to ensure safety and Vernier Sensor loan through the TT Lending Library at the STEM center
TTU – Director of Water Center Jeff Schaeffer
TTU –Tania Datta Associate Professor Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Center for the Management, Utilization & Protection of Water Resources
|TTU – Lending Library equipment|
Students will present the findings to their peers. The organizations, university and agencies who assisted the students will be invited to attend.
- My Aquatic Animal PBL
- My Aquatic Animal PBL PDF
- My Aquatic Animal Plan
- My Aquatic Animal Plan PDF
- My Aquatic Animal Presentation Rubric
- My Aquatic Animal Presentation Rubric PDF
- My Aquatic Animal Research days planning
- My Aquatic Animal Research days planning PDF
- My Aquatic Animal Research Paper Rubric
- My Aquatic Animal Research Paper Rubric PDF
- Performanced Based Rubric
- Overview Calendar