How can we engineer a garden to produce maximum vegetables? Students will design and build ‘agriculturally engineered’ gardens in an attempt to outperform the control. Acting as agricultural engineers, students will collect, analyze, and interpret data from their gardens to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on organisms and populations of organisms in an ecosystem (NGSS MS-LS2-1).
Student Learning Objectives:
-design and build a garden based on agricultural growing concepts
-specify control treatments for a given experiment
-collect and analyze data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on organisms and populations
-compare and contrast experimental outcomes
1. three 60-minute lesson plans in 5E format (2 consecutive classes, then one class at the end of the 2-week experimental period)
2. student worksheet/assessment
3. assessment answer key
4. access to corresponding career exploration resources
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Grade: 6-8 / Total Pages: 12 pages