We are now working on using the next generation science practices which include; asking questions (for science) and defining problems (for engineering); developing and using models; planning and carrying out investigations; analyzing and interpreting data; using mathematics and computational thinking; constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering); engaging in argument from evidence; obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information. Room 304 used simulated data of a Cholera epidemic to determine the source of the disease. Students engaged in an argument about the source. One group presented evidence that it was rotten meat from a butcher shop while other groups argued that it was a water-pump on Broad Street. In the end the students determined that the evidence showed it was the pump.
We will do this as we focus on Chicago’s urban ecology. We will be looking at what type of wildlife a large urban city is able to foster and support. This will lead to our trip to the Chicago River site where we will use a variety of data collection techniques to analyze and assess an urban river site. We will need lots of volunteers to coordinate the six activities students will cycle through. These activities include macro invertebrate analysis, chemical testing, habitat analysis, tree transect, poetry writing and ecological games. The field trip is Monday, November 9th. Look for details sign-up from room parents.