This thesis project consists of the development of an eighth-grade lesson sequence written for students on Catalina Island in Southern California. It is written as part of a project developed by the Catalina Island Conservancy to promote the ecological awareness of students living on the island. It encompasses the three dimensions of the Next Generation Science Standards, highlights an outdoor component, and uses a 5E lesson framework. The lesson was reviewed by the Catalina Island Conservancy and by teachers experienced with the Next Generation Science Standards. Revisions were made based on their feedback. The lesson sequence focuses on a local endemic subspecies of bird in order to explore natural selection. Students learn about the bird, investigate its local habitat, compete in a natural selection simulation, and then make predictions about the fate of the bird due to a climatic change, using evidence collected throughout the lesson.
|Advisor:||Zwiep, Susan Gomez|
|Commitee:||Martin-Hansen, Lisa, Straits, William|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 58/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Middle School education, Science education|
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