How Biodiverse is Lake Superior? An exercise in proportions.
This activity is meant as an exercise in critical thinking, as well as practice in percents, proportions, and probabilities.
Students should have to do research to gather some information, then use their math skills to perform calculations on the data. Finally, critical thinking skills should be used to evaluate their answers.
The goal here is for students to understand what it means to have biological diversity. Hopefully they should wonder if the current diversity in Lake Superior is sufficient, and question how it could change in the future due to our activities in the lake.
- Engages students in civil discourse/ communications that lead to more effective decisions
- It advances student literacy around sustainability issues.
- Encourages self-reflection and personal development of their voice for solving societal challenges
- Promote creative visioning around sustainable futures
Higher Order Thinking Skills:
critical thinking, data analysis, synthesis of ideas, model development
Context for Use
Ideally this would be a project, as some research is required and students may struggle initially to come up with a way to evaluate biodiversity.
Description and Teaching Materials
The project consists of writing a report answering some specific questions which require doing some research and calculations.