5th Grade - Technology - The T in STEM



Standards:

5.NBT.A.3 Read, write and compare decimals to thousandths.

5.NF.A.1 Add and subtract fractions with unlike denominators (including mixed numbers) by replacing given fractions with equivalent fractions in such a way as to produce an equivalent sum or difference of fractions with like denominators.

GLE 0507.2.3- Establish the connections between human activities and natural disasters and their impact on the environment.
SPI 0507.2.3 Use information about the impact of human actions or natural disasters on the environment to support a simple hypothesis, make a prediction, or draw a conclusion.
GLE 0507.2.1- Investigate different nutritional relationships among organisms in an ecosystem.

SPI 0507.2.1 Describe the different types of nutritional relationships that exist among organisms.






Introduction: Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone
(Show Video)
http://oceantoday.noaa.gov/happnowdeadzone/

Dead Zone:
Slide Step 1 -
  • Discuss definition of Dead Zone
  • Discuss sediment plumes
  • Scroll over plume to show dead zone
  • Click red link to see photo from boat
http://www.classzone.com/books/earth_science/terc/content/investigations/es2206/es2206page01.cfm

Dead Zone:
Slide Step 2 -
  • Discuss map showing run off to gulf
  • Click red link to view simulation
http://www.classzone.com/books/earth_science/terc/content/investigations/es2206/es2206page02.cfm

Dead Zone
Slide Step 4 -
  • Discuss observations about dead zones
http://www.classzone.com/books/earth_science/terc/content/investigations/es2206/es2206page04.cfm

Dead Zone
Map of Dead Zone Area
  • Have students brainstorm theories for why the size might change each year.
deadzonearea1.png

Dead Zone
Map of Dead Zone Area with Info
  • Have students discuss again with added information.
  • Draw Conclusions - what was the likely rainfall for 1985, 1996...
deadzonearea2.png

Group Activities
http://kidblog.org/hoover2/



Simulations and Supporting Activities:

Fraction Machine - http://www.iboard.co.uk/activity/Fraction-Machine-Tool-377
Equivalent/Numerator - http://www.iboard.co.uk/iwb/Fraction-Machine-Numerator-380
Equivalent/Denominator - http://www.iboard.co.uk/activity/Fraction-Machine-Denominator-379
Add Fractions with Unlike Denominators - http://www.iboard.co.uk/activity/Add-Simplify-and-Convert-to-Mixed-Fractions-369

Human Impact on the Environment -
Water Pollution
Water Pollution
Land Pollution
Deforestation
Climate Change
Air Pollution
Dead Zone Intro
Dead Zone Info

Google Earth - Turn on Oceans layer and select Dead Zones


Article- Sea Temperature Rise-Warmer Oceans Have Far-Reaching Effects
http://ocean.nationalgeographic.com/ocean/critical-issues-sea-temperature-rise/

Map of US Natural Disasters:
http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/life/graphics/natural_disasters/flash.htm

Natural Disaster Text-

http://www.awesomestories.com/collections/detail/

Natural Disaster Apps from the American Red Cross-
http://www.redcross.org/prepare/mobile-apps/flood

Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone:
http://www.smm.org/deadzone/top.html

Multimedia:
http://www.neok12.com/Ecosystems.htm

http://www.neok12.com/Natural-Disasters.htm

Model Ecosystems - Energy Flow through Ecosystems


Food Web

Build Your Own Food Web



Probe Activities:






Discovery Education:

Organisms
Natural Disasters