Investigative Case Based Learning Examples
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Investigative Case - "Swampeast Missouri" part of Examples
Students will explore wetland hydrology and biology and decide whether or not to restore a wetland or retain dams and drainage systems.
Investigative Case - "Goodbye Honey Buckets" part of 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.
Investigative Case - "Holy Starbucks Batman!" part of 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.
Investigative Case - "Home, Home on the River" part of 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.
Investigative Case - Los Angeles and the Future of Mono Lake part of Examples
The Los Angeles and the Future of Mono Lake WebQuest leads students in a guided exploration of Mono Lake's extreme environment and asks them to consider the preservation of this environment in relation to the needs of humans.
Not in My Backyard: Locating a Site for a New Landfill part of Examples
Students are prompted to select a site for a new landfill using a geologic atlas. Guided by state regulations for siting landfills, students analyze maps of surface water, land use, bedrock geology, surficial geology, and depth to bedrock to identify potential sites.
Investigative Case - "Malama Keone'o'io" part of Examples
Students will learn techniques for conducting a local environmental assessment in an ecologically sensitive area. Identification of native plants and methodologies for sampling will be taught in the classroom and then reinforced in the field. The module also includes a community awareness and conservation aspect.
Investigative Case - "European Starlings and Woopeckers" part of Examples
An exploration into Niche Competition and Population Ecology
Investigative Case: The Nancy Creek Challenge part of 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.
Investigative Case - "Rio Grande Wildlife Refuge" part of 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."