Unit 2: School Grounds Mapping and Culture
In this unit, students will explore the elements of ecological school grounds in different cultures and places in the world, and determine whether these elements are present on their own school grounds.
Please read the introduction to this curriculum before beginning any lessons.
6 - 12 grade or equivalent
Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Performance Expectations:
Middle and high school:
Asking questions and defining problems
Developing and using models
Planning and carrying out investigations
Constructing explanations and designing solutions
Engaging in argument from evidence
Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information
5E Unit Element:
Ecological Society of America 4DEE Framework:
Core Ecological Concepts
Enduring Understandings (the Big Ideas)
Students will understand that:
Ecological school grounds can help society address wicked problems such as climate change, biodiversity loss, and management of water systems.
Different cultures connect with nature in various ways. Our culture is expressed through many lenses, including art, language, food, values, and traditions.
We can demonstrate our cultural values and traditions through design and activities on our school grounds.
What constitutes an ecological school ground, and how could these elements address wicked problems such as climate change, biodiversity loss, and management of water systems?
How can culture help us express our relationships with nature?
How can we redesign our school grounds so that they are ecological and reflect the cultures of our students and community?
Pre-assessment question (entrance slip)
Pre- and Post-assessment Think-Pair-Share
School grounds map
Direction sheet from jigsaw activity
Contributions to class discussion
One-Minute Format worksheet guide
Biocultural design research product
Small group work
Whole class discussion
Journal entries describing key takeaways
Preparation of slide(s) for presentation in Lesson 5