Investigative Case Based Learning Examples

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Investigative Case - "Swampeast Missouri" part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Investigative Case Based Learning:Examples
Students will explore wetland hydrology and biology and decide whether or not to restore a wetland or retain dams and drainage systems.

Earth System Topics: Hydrology, Biosphere:Ecology, Biosphere, Hydrology:Surface Water

The Wingra Marsh: A Purple Population Problem part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Investigative Case Based Learning:Examples
Students author a presentation to the Grounds Management Committee of their school giving their recommendation for the control of the invasive species purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria) on campus.

Earth System Topics: Biosphere, Ecology

Investigative Case - "The Sky is Falling" part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Investigative Case Based Learning:Examples
Students will generate maps of ozone concentrations, graph air quality indices, and propose solutions to problems with the ozone and air quality, specifically smog.

Earth System Topics: Atmosphere

Investigative Case - "Goodbye Honey Buckets" part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Investigative Case Based Learning:Examples
Students will investigate arctic geology and hydrology as well as tundra ecology as they consider options for sewage treatment. Public safety, environmental impact, and issues of construction and engineering will be explored.

Earth System Topics: Human Dimensions:Land Use, Earth's Cycles:Hydrologic Cycle, Climate, Biosphere, Ecology, Hydrology:Surface Water, Human Dimensions:Waste, Surface Processes:Rivers and Lakes, Human Dimensions:Policy

Investigative Case - "Holy Starbucks Batman!" part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Investigative Case Based Learning:Examples
Students will investigate caffeine as a potential new pollutant in a northwest river system. Effects of caffeine on invertebrates and salmon fry will be explored through field work and lab work.

Earth System Topics: Hydrology, Surface Water, Biosphere:Ecology, Biosphere

Investigative Case - "Home, Home on the River" part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Investigative Case Based Learning:Examples
Students will examine the complex issues that result from human use of ecologically sensitive areas. The students will investigate these issues from the point of view of their major/career path.

Earth System Topics: Hydrology:Surface Water, Biosphere:Ecology, Hydrology, Human Dimensions:Land Use, Biosphere

Investigative Case - Living in an Alkaline Environment part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Investigative Case Based Learning:Examples
Living in an Alkaline Environment is a three-part interactive activity that explores the ecology and diversity of life in alkaline environments.

Earth System Topics: Biosphere

Investigative Case: The Nancy Creek Challenge part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Investigative Case Based Learning:Examples
Students examine a case study of fish kill in Nancy Creek and identify the environmental conditions that favor life in a fresh water ecosystem.

Earth System Topics: Hydrology:Surface Water, Biosphere:Ecology, Hydrology, Human Dimensions:Resources, Environmental Quality, Biosphere

Investigative Case - "Rio Grande Wildlife Refuge" part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Investigative Case Based Learning:Examples
As professional ecologists working for the fish and wildlife service, students must develop a plan to manage a new wildlife refuge along the Rio Grande River. The fish and wildlife service plans to connect forest islands along the river, which will become not only a new refuge but also a "wildlife corridor."

Earth System Topics: Biosphere:Ecology, Biosphere, Hydrology

Investigative Case - "European Starlings and Woopeckers" part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Investigative Case Based Learning:Examples
An exploration into Niche Competition and Population Ecology

Earth System Topics: Biosphere:Ecology, Biosphere