How does human activity impact ecosystems and what evidence-based solutions may help mitigate the human impact? In this unit, students address this question by engaging in three common assignments. First, they conduct a lab simulation that demonstrates the various ways human activities impact organisms within an ecosystem. Second, students complete an LDC research paper in the form of a National Geographic article. They are required to research the human impact on biodiversity in regards to either keystone species or invasive species. They analyze and interpret data in order to provide a solution to mitigate the human impact on the given ecosystem. In the article, they provide evidence, clarify their choice, and then draw conclusions/implications. Lastly, the unit culminates with students presenting this information orally to the class using visual aids. It is expected that teachers will scaffold these assignments with additional tasks and resources
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