This Webquest was designed so students learned about four different environmental issues facing them today.
Each issue is tied to the NGSS PE of MS-ESS3-3: Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.
The specific DCI for this Webquest is ESS3.C: Human Impacts on Earth Systems :
Human activities have significantly altered the biosphere, sometimes damaging or destroying natural habitats and causing the extinction of other species. But changes to Earth’s environments can have different impacts (negative and positive) for different living things.
The activities in the Webquest mirror the activities in the Environmental Science unit from the syllabus on my designed website. In Task 1, students are watching a video about a water treatment process and how scientists test the quality of water. For Task 2, the plastic pollution article presents students with information about current plastic use and its impact in our world. Students then design a poster to teach others about plastic pollution. Recycling is addressed in the Recycling Game Task 3. Students play the game and answer questions about the types of materials that are recyclable and how those materials are recycled. Finally, for Task 4, students watch a video and read about how to design a school garden, with a focus on plants that attract butterflies. Students then plan and create a design for a garden for their school. When the Webquest is finished, students have a experienced through multiple modalities the positive and negative impacts humans have on some of Earth's environments.