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Copy of The Environment - An Inquiry Research Project - Grade 10

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erica liebler

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photo credit Nasa / Goddard Space Flight Center / Reto Stöckli
The Environment
Topic Description
​What do you think about when you hear the word “environment”? The environment encompasses many different aspects: on a small scale it could represent your family life, home, town or school and on a large scale it could represent pollution, global warming, weather or natural disasters.

Essential Questions
What is the environment? How would you define it?
How does our environment influence human culture? Think family, religion, history, economics, politics...
How do human beings influence the environment positively?
How do human beings influence the environment negatively?
What are the implications of our interactions with the environment?
What are our responsibilities in regard to the environment?
Harry Harlow
The Big Bang Theory
“I don’t want to be a product of my environment. I want my environment to be a part of me”-
The Departed,
Screenwriter William Monohan

The Lorax - By Dr. Suess
An Inconvenient Truth
text dependent questions
1. The global climate system is complex. It is difficult to accurately "take the planet's temperature". One alternate technique is to track the growth of shrinkage of glaciers. What has been the result of this technique in the last 100 years?
2. What cause and effect relationships are presented in this film? How are CO2 and temperatures related? How are temperatures and weather related?
A Class Divided-PBS Frontline documentary


1. These experiments, although unethical due to the obvious animal abuse, present some very telling information that crosses primate behavior over to an understanding of human behavior. Explain how the debate of nature vs. nurture is applied.
2. How does our environment ultimately affect us in the long run based on Harlow’s findings? Can you give examples of how this idea extends to current events in the world?

Text dependent Questions
1. Discuss how the environment created by Jane Elliot impacts her students. Other than a lesson on discrimination, what does this lesson teach?
2. In what ways are stereotypes embedded in our society and how might these stereotypes affect our everyday lives?

3. **If watching the documentary in its entirety: It's easy to understand why third-graders might not refuse to obey their teacher, but when the exercise is done with the prison guards, why don't any of the adults object? We routinely see conformity in our society. What are some viable solutions in dealing with these issues?

"The Big Bang theory vs God's Word"

1. What is the overall argument the author is making in regards to the big bang theory and the bible?
2. How is that different from article #1?
3. What are at least 3 of the points he makes?

Discussion Questions for Article #2
"Creation: Big Bang or What?"
Text one Discussion questions
Text 1
1.What are some of the arguments Jackson uses to debunk the “Big Bang theory”?
2.Define the big bang theory in your own words, according to the information gleaned from the article
3. What are at least three arguments Jackson presents to show how the Big Bang Theory and the bible are not both plausible?

Text Dependent Questions

1. What aspect(s) of the environment is this children's book addressing?
2. What is a Lorax? Who or what is the Lorax supposed to represent? Who or what is the Once-ler supposed to represent?
Inquiry Based (IB) Questions & Research
Definition: a search for truth or knowledge; a systematic investigation, often of a matter of public interest

For this next unit you will be conducting inquiry research.

Why is this important?
When given a topic, it is important to ask questions that require you to think critically and analytically (no more yes/no questions!)
This forces you to move beyond traditional reports
This is a crucial step in researching; it makes your work meaningful!

But How do I do this?
As you read, annotate the texts. As always identify…
What stands out to me?
What do I find interesting?
What do I want to know more about?
What don’t I understand?

What makes good Inquiry Questions?
Is genuinely interesting to you
Can be answered through research
Is clear and defined
Suggests more questions (not just “yes” or “no” format!)
Not something you already think you know the answer to

Example: Music
What are some routes we could take with this?
Genres of music
Evolution of music
Music interests based on culture***
Finally, what are some questions we might have regarding one of these routes?
Which cultures like what? (Popularity)
Why do cultures have different tastes?
How does music affect the lifestyle of people in that culture?

Your question WILL change…and this is OK!
Your initial IB question is going to go through stages
It should grow and alter based upon your research
Check-ins will ensure you continue on the right track!

Accept it...
The Lost Art of Getting Together
Text Dependent Questions
1. Based on the short clip, what is being stated about social media and our environment?
2. How has this technology affected out abilities to socialize? Explain both the advantages and disadvantages of such technology.

Chasing Ice
Ocean Clean up
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