Materials Contributed through SERC-hosted Projects
Conservation and Restoration in a Local Ecosystem part of SISL:Activities
In this field-based activity, students are introduced to a local ecosystem. Students observe three sites within the ecosystem paying close attention to community interactions and factors that either promote or inhibit healthy ecosystem functioning. Students use their observations to assess overall health of the ecosystem and prepare recommendations for effective ecosystem management.
Analysis of the Global Climate Change Controversy: A Problem-Based Learning Activity part of SISL:Activities
In this problem-based learning activity, students investigate positions held by various stakeholders regarding global climate change (GCC). Students work in teams to identify and evaluate: the interest of a stakeholder in GCC, the position held by the stakeholder, the rationale/evidence used to support the position, and the response of the stakeholder to GCC in light of their stated position. After completing the research phase of the activity, teams share their findings with classmates via short presentations. Students then have the opportunity to critique the positions (and rationale) of the various stakeholders and to form and provide rationale for their own positions.
Climate Change, Communities, and Public Planning: A Problem-Based Learning Activity part of SISL:Activities
In this problem-based learning activity, students develop a case study that "puts a human face" on the effects of global climate change (GCC) on a particular community in the United States. Students work in teams to discover cultural, economic, and natural features of the community as well as challenges presented by GCC. Student teams share their findings with the class and present several options for responding to GCC challenges within the community. The activity concludes with an opportunity to reflect on the effects of GCC at the local level.