The students have spent the past couple of weeks finalizing their Ecology project on their invasive species that they have researched throughout the unit. The project had three major components. The first was a Google Slideshow where images, information related to the research graphic organizers, and other key details shared. Students used the slides to create an iMovie where they went into detail about impacts of their invasive species. Finally, in order to understand how well their audience understood their presentation, students created a Google form to ask questions after the video.
The students also completed three different summative assessments to wrap up our look at Ecology. The first assessment was a Food Web model assessment in which students had to manipulate images and add important information about how to construct a food web. The second assessment was a graphing assessment, which tested students' understanding of the TAILS graphing method. Finally, students completed a multiple choice content assessment to check for retention of key information.
The Beginning of Land, Water, and Human Interactions
Our next unit will be an Earth science study of water quality and erosion principals. Students will conduct several hands on experiences aimed at highlighting the current challenges posed by water and its effects on humans and the land. The unit will take us until winter break and should wrap up our science study for the fall.
As we conclude our Ecology unit, students will notice that our Ecology Google classroom will no longer be posted and that they have been invited to our new Google Classroom for Land, Water, and Human Interactions unit. We remove the old unit, so that old missing work is no longer listed and that the “done” list is reduced. Our goal is to only focus on new content once we return from fall break. Therefore, students have been told that any late work needs to be submitted prior to fall break.
For All Rubrics
Just as we use Google Classroom for maintaining day to day work and quick daily check-ins, we use For All Rubrics as our assessment reporting platform where parents can access formative and summative assessment resources. We plan on having summative scores for Ecology posted the week after we return from fall break. Please feel free to access For All Rubrics to review these scores.