Middle School: Disruptions in Ecosystems

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The unit was developed as part of a collaborative project funded by the National Science Foundation to develop and evaluate a model instructional unit and professional development program and conduct research on teacher learning. The project partners are the American Museum of Natural History (lead partner, also leading the professional development), The Lawrence Hall of Science's SEPUP Program (instructional materials lead), and the University of Connecticut (research). The unit has undergone two rounds of classroom field-testing and expert review. It is currently undergoing a third field-test during the 2017­–2018 school year. Based on this field-test and feedback from the EQuIP review, the unit will be revised and resubmitted for a final review in 2018. 

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Rating: Examples of High Quality NGSS Design if Improved

Science Discipline: Life Science

Length: Unit

This middle school unit was designed to support the middle school NGSS related to Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics integrated with elements of related Earth science NGSS (Human Impact). The unit includes five chapters, each focused on a specific phenomenon related to ecosystem disruption, including questions around the reintroduction of wolves into Yellowstone and the invasion of zebra mussels in the Great Lakes and the Hudson River. © Regents of the University of California

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volcsand
What standards does this Unit hit? And the other units?
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Achieve Admin
Sorry for the delayed response! All of the PEs and elements within the foundation boxes on the MS-LS2 standards page are targeted, along with MS-ESS3-3 and MS-ESS3-4 (and related elements from all three dimensions). Hope that helps!
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Thanks. And after I downloaded and opened up the materials I found the standards.
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Julia
I have teachers who would like to teach this unit, but the handouts for Chapter 4 are missing. Any idea how to get those?
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Achieve Admin
Hi Julia, I've added the Chapter 4 handouts to the zip drive linked above. You should be able to find them in there now! Let us know if you have any trouble. Thank you!
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Achieve Admin
If anybody is having a hard time accessing videos in this unit, here are some alternative links for a couple: Grizzlies and Wolves Compete via National Geographic: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GeF25GJleA8 Symbiosis: Mutualism, Commensalism, and Parasitism: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zSmL2F1t81Q
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Dora Kastel
Video of all six Chapter 1 lessons can be found on the Teaching Channel. The series begins here https://www.teachingchannel.org/video/ecosystems-ngss-unit-overview.
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