Extreme Environments

EXTREME ENVIRONMENTS 

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Get Organized Before You Start
1. Take your notes: Copy and paste this page into Google Docs and fill in the answers.
2. Start thinking about what kind of 3-dimensional project you will do for the last lesson. A diorama? A poster? Or…?

LESSON ONE: What do people need in order to stay alive?

Is the source reliable? Go to https://www.openschool.bc.ca/ocr/science/sc6ee/teacher/Gr6Sc_EE_ADST_Module.pdf

Read p. 1-2.

Who published this unit?

When was it published?

Does it match the BC Science curriculum?

How do you know?

Go do some research.

Read p. 12 -13.

Make a list of 6 requirements for survival. Add details for more credit.

LESSON TWO: What is an extreme environment?

Is the source reliable? Go to https://www.openschool.bc.ca/ocr/science/sc6ee/teacher/Gr6Sc_EE_ADST_Module.pdf

Read p. 1-2.  Yes. You already used this source of information.

Go do some research.

Read p. 14

Complete this sentence: An extreme environment is any place that…

Is the source reliable? Go to http://mrsdavieswebsite.weebly.com/uploads/5/3/8/9/53891741/science_probe_-_exploring_extreme_environments.pdf

Yes. It is from a Science textbook called Science Probe which is published by Nelson, a reputable educational publisher.

Go do some research.

Read p. 6. (Note: all page numbers from this source are the PDF page numbers.)

Complete this sentence: An extreme environment is a place where…

Look at the map.

Use your background knowledge of continents and oceans. Use your knowledge of these words: north, south, east, west.

What do you notice about the extreme environments on the map?

LESSON THREE: What are some extreme environments?

Is the source reliable?

Check ‘About Us’ https://www.mentalfloss.com/about-us

Yes. Facebook fans and Youtube videos do not count. But it has won three Webby awards, which are awards for…  [Do some research to find out the answer.]

Go do some research.

Check https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/89955/7-worlds-most-extreme-landscapes

Hottest place

What is it called?

Where is it?

How extreme did it get?

Coldest place

What is it called?

Where is it?

How extreme did it get?

When did it happen?

Driest place

What is it called?

Where is it?

How extreme does it get?

When did it first get recognized?

Why is it so dry? (4 reasons)

Wettest place

What is it called?

Where is it?

How extreme is it?

How many times more rainy is it than in Seattle? (Hint: you need to divide.)

Flattest place

What is it called?

Where is it?

How extreme is it?

How was it made?

When was it made?

What is it made of?

Is the source reliable? Go to

http://mrsdavieswebsite.weebly.com/uploads/5/3/8/9/53891741/science_probe_-_exploring_extreme_environments.pdf

Yes. It is from a Science textbook called Science Probe which is published by Nelson, a reputable educational publisher.

Do some research. Find out at least 3 important facts about each of these extreme environments.

  1. Arctic: p. 7
  2. Antarctic: p. 7
  3. Deserts: p. 8
  4. Oceans: p. 8
  5. Volcanoes: p. 9
  6. Outer space: p. 10

LESSON FOUR: Why do people go to extreme environments?

Is the source reliable? Go to

http://mrsdavieswebsite.weebly.com/uploads/5/3/8/9/53891741/science_probe_-_exploring_extreme_environments.pdf

Yes. It is from a Science textbook called Science Probe which is published by Nelson, a reputable educational publisher

Do some research. Read p. 11-14.

Find out 5 major reasons to explore extreme environments.

Provide evidence for your answers.

LESSON FIVE: How have indigenous people survived in the Arctic?

Is the source reliable? Go to

http://mrsdavieswebsite.weebly.com/uploads/5/3/8/9/53891741/science_probe_-_exploring_extreme_environments.pdf

Yes. It is from a Science textbook called Science Probe which is published by Nelson, a reputable educational publisher

Do some research. Read p. 15-16.

Find 6 technological inventions that have helped the Inuit survive in the Arctic.

Provide details (description, drawing, benefit) that prove that the invention is helpful.

 

LESSON SIX: Can you test substances that insulate against cold?

Is the source reliable? Go to https://www.teachengineering.org/activities/view/the_best_insulator

Yes. The University of Colorado Boulder and Oregon State University publishes this TeachEngineering site.

Watch the video at the top of the page.

Do the experiment yourself using supplies you have at home.

LESSON SEVEN: How do people survive in another extreme environment?

Choose an extreme environment.

Do some research.

Find 3 reputable sources of information.

Make a bibliography of your sources.

Find answers to these questions.

  1. Where is this place?
  2. What makes this environment extreme?
  3. What are challenges people face in visiting this place or living in this place?
  4. Why do people choose to visit this place or live in this place?
  5. What do people do to survive in this place? What technologies assist them?
  6. How does exploration of this place benefit human life and the community of scientists in the world?

FINAL PROJECT

Plan your project: choose a way to show Ms Rosen what you have learned.

  • Basic level: a document with all your notes.
  • Advanced level: a creative project such as…
    • a detailed poster (send me photographs)
    • a Google Slide or Powerpoint presentation
    • a written report in essay format (on Google Docs)
    • a story in the style of Geronimo Stilton (on Google Docs)
    • a unique idea that Ms Rosen approves ahead of time

Read over your notes and review the questions to answer:

  1. What do people need in order to stay alive?
  2. What is an extreme environment?
  3. What are some extreme environments?
  4. Why do people go to extreme environments?
  5. How have indigenous people survived in the Arctic?
  6. Can you test substances that insulate against cold?
  7. How do people survive in another extreme environment?

Create your project. Submit it on time.

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