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Science and Global Issues: Biology, Second Edition

SGI Biology, Second Edition Sustainability Unit

SGI Biology, Second Edition Sustainability Unit

8-14 (2-3 weeks)

One of the most critical global issues of our time is how to live in ways that will sustain our planet’s systems and resources. In this introductory unit to Science and Global Issues: Biology, Second Edition you will investigate what it means to live in a sustainable world. You may be familiar with the term “sustainability” and perhaps have heard it used in different contexts. As you will discover in this unit, investigating sustainability often raises more questions than it can answer.

Most sustainability problems are a result of people’s overuse and misuse of the earth’s resources. The environmental, economic, and social consequences of unsustainable practice affect us on all levels—individually, locally, and globally.

In this unit, you will identify sustainability challenges in towns, countries, and larger regions around the world. You will learn about communities that have applied scientific knowledge and technology to address their local resource challenges. You will estimate the impact of your own lifestyle on the ecological sustainability of the planet. Finally, you will apply the fundamentals of scientific inquiry to investigate a city facing a sustainability dilemma. The evidence gathered will then be used to suggest a course of action for the community.

Content in SGI Biology, Second Edition Sustainability Unit is organized into activities, as follows:

Activity Title Activity Overview
1. Our Global Community What do indicators tell us about regions of the world?
2. Life in Other Countries What can indicators reveal about the sustainability challenges facing different countries?
3. Sustainability Case Studies What steps have communities taken to live in ways that are more sustainable?
4. Ecological Footprint Can the earth's ecosystems sustain our current use of resources?
5. Jaffrey City's Problem How can phosphate and nitrate indicators help identify the contamination problem in Jaffrey Lake?
6. Jaffrey City's Master Plan How can a sustainability plan be developed for Jaffrey Lake that will balance the interests of all of the stakeholders?

SGI Biology, Second Edition Sustainability Unit

Student Book

The student book uses a variety of approaches to make science accessible for all students. Each activity in the student book is designed to support concept and skill development. The various types of activities include: Laboratories, Investigations, Modeling, Readings, Talk It Over, and Projects. Through inquiry-based, hands-on experiences students connect basic biological concepts with relevant, real-world sustainability issues. Woven throughout the student book are integrated literacy strategies that help students process new science content, develop their analytical skills, make connections, and express their knowledge orally and in writing.

The embedded assessment system helps teachers identify students’ strengths and weaknesses throughout the course. This provides valuable information about when lessons might need to be adjusted so that all students get the best chance to build their knowledge and appreciation of science. The student book is richly illustrated with relevant photographs and diagrams. A comprehensive appendix provides additional student resources

SGI Biology, Second Edition Sustainability Unit

The Lab-Aids Science Lab Notebook

The use of a science journal or notebook is strongly recommended for all science classes. A journal not only models the way scientists work but it helps to develop and reinforce students’ science learning and literacy skills.

The LAB-AIDS Science Lab Notebook was designed with “Best Practices” in mind. Each of the 160 LABLOG pages, has a 2-column design with GraphAnywhere, which allows data tables and graphs to be drawn in a fraction of the usual time, and plenty of room to record data, notes, and responses to questions. It is also three-hole punched to allow students to store the entire notebook, or individual completed pages, in their binder.

Complete Materials Package

The course specific materials packages provide a vast array of unique and signature items designed specifically for the program. Course Essential packages are available which allows you to buy only the unique items designed for the course. You could also purchase materials by unit if you are teaching only section of the program, or you can purchase items individually for those teachers that have well–equipped lab facilities. Our goal is to provide the necessary material without duplicating what you already have in your classroom, thus maximizing your budget.

Teacher Edition

The SEPUP wraparound teacher’s edition provides detailed information to support teachers in conducting each activity in the student book and explains how scientific concepts are developed within the big picture of the units and the course. The information provided includes practical tips such as equipment set-up and how to conduct the activities, as well as suggestions on how to enhance students’ learning experiences and how to tailor the activities to individual students and classrooms.

Additional support for all of the embedded assessments, literacy strategies, and other information can be found on the accompanying Teacher Resources DVD. Together the Teacher’s Edition and Teacher Resources DVD provide comprehensive support for differentiated instruction, valuable background information on scientific content and teaching strategies, lists of objectives, answers to student analysis questions, and student exemplars that address the assessment scoring guides. The DVD also includes unit overviews, and all transparencies, student sheets and blackline masters.

SGI Biology, Second Edition Sustainability Unit

Student and Teacher Portal

Individual, classroom or district licenses can be purchased for access to our student books on-line. It features editable Word documents for each set of Activity Assessment Questions which allows students to e-mail their finished work back to the teacher. Microsoft Word Tools provide strong support for diverse learners. The Spelling and Grammar Checker uses red and green underline squiggles representing spelling (red) and grammar (green) errors alerting students to potential errors. The thesaurus helps to refine writing as well as expose students to new vocabulary words. Students with poor spelling skills often have difficulty using a dictionary. This feature provides an instant definition for a highlighted word, eliminating the task of dictionary lookup. Students can also use the Thesaurus to find the synonyms of words. All pages were created using Adobe Acrobat Reader. A great feature of the Adobe program is “The Read Aloud Function”. The program audibly reads the text, allowing the student to follow the reading on the page. You can speed up or slow down the program based on the student’s ability. This helps all students increase their vocabulary

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