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CCIE Purpose


Cross-Curricular Integrations and Extensions

Purpose

The Cross-Curricular Integration and Extension resources can be used alone or paired/grouped in order to:

  • Make whole-class learning active and collaborative.
  • Scaffold missions and reinforce key concepts
  • Integrate literacy and mathematics.
  • Make every moment of class time meaningful.
  • Challenge fast-paced students or satisfy curious students.

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Stage 1 CCIE


Stage 1 CCIE


Stage 1 Cross-Curricular Integrations and Extensions

Key Concepts:

We recommended that these key concepts are scaffolded during Stage 1 of STEMhero, although they may be integrated throughout the unit:

  • The mutual relationship between human activity/communities and natural resources
  • The role we (as individuals and a society) play in forming ethical, efficient systems of resource consumption
  • Competing use of resources and the scarcity of resources
  • The Water/Energy Nexus (using water consumes electricity; using electricity consumes water)
  • Effects of natural resource consumption (short and long-term consequences for the health of people and the environment)

CCIE Resources

1. Hearing on Drought Effects on Water and Energy Resources: a video from the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources

  • A video of a Senate hearing in which congress people and other experts testify on the effects of drought on water and energy supply.
  • Key concepts:
    • The mutual relationship between human activity/communities and natural resources.
    • The role we (as individuals and a society) play in forming ethical, efficient systems of resource consumption.
  • Teaching idea:
    • Assign students to groups for each speaker (e.g. a Murkowski group, a Mulroy group, etc.). Students can locate their assigned speaker in the video by filtering by speaker under the video. Have students take notes on their speaker’s point and present them to the class.

2. Annual Water Data Reports: reports, data, and maps from the U.S. Geological Survey

  • Reports from the USGS that estimate the water consumption in the United States.
  • Key concept:
    • Competing use of resources and the scarcity of resources.
  • Teaching idea:
    • Compare student/class consumption data to regional or county data - and to see the sources of water in your area.

3. Burning our Rivers: a report from The River Network

  • An advanced report detailing the relationship between energy and water consumption; delineates the “burning” of freshwater resources and resulting water scarcity issues.
  • Key concept:
    • The Water/Energy Nexus (using water consumes electricity; using electricity consumes water).
  • Teaching idea:
    • Teach using an excerpt of the text (pp. 5-6, and/or pp. 9-12 is sufficient). Central discussion question: Describe the relationship between water consumption and electricity consumption. What is the water footprint of electricity?

4. Checklist of home water quality actions: a worksheet from STEMhero

  • A checklist auditing the water quality behaviors at a student’s home. Note: water quality behaviors are not the same as water efficiency behaviors.
  • Key concept:
    • The role we (as individuals and a society) play in forming ethical, efficient systems of resource consumption.
  • Teaching idea:
    • ave students complete the checklist at home to evaluate their household's effect on water quality; discuss why the actions assure water quality.

5. Water Resources: a report from The National Climate Assessment

  • An advanced but highly organized report detailing how changes in climate has resulted in changes to the quality and quantity of water available to Americans.
  • Key concept:
    • Effects of natural resource consumption (short and long-term consequences for the health of people and the environment).
  • Teaching idea:
    • Utilize the report to:
      • Identify and discuss variables that impact water quality
      • Identify and discuss effects of polluted stormwater runoff and solutions for it.

Math- Functions/ Ratios


Math- Functions/ Ratios


Math: Functions / Statistics:

● Pre­Algebra

○ Units and measurement

○ Determining best type of graph / table based on the data and research question

○ Averages

○ Plotting data / X­Y coordinates

○ Identifying trends

○ Plotting a fitted line

○ Rates vs. ratio

 Handout/activity: Water’s Carbon Footprint by state

Handout/activity: Water’s Carbon Footprint by state

● Algebra 1

○ Linear vs nonlinear functions

○ Linear growth and decline

○ Exponential growth and decline

○ Derive the equation of a line (slope)

○ Projections: Average kWh per day → projected consumption per year

○ Conversions:

■ eg. Hundreds of Cubic Feet per/ quarter → Cost $ per day

■ eg. Volume of water used to volume equivalent, such as elephants or school busses

■ eg. Kilowatt/hours or gallons of water to carbon footprint

 

 

● Advanced Algebra

○ Modeling functions

○ Polynomial functions

○ Relationships between variables: Accurately defining the quantitative effect of an independent variable ­­inverse, correlation, causation.

■ E.g. Natural gas usage vs. temperature; water use vs. price

○ Missing variable equations:

■ Example: “13 days into the month 12,000 gallons have been used, if there are 17 days left and you want to use under 30000 gallons what will your average usage per day need to be?”

■ Example: Establish the relationship between outdoor temperature and electricity usage (if heating is electric). Predict next week’s electricity consumption given the forecast.

● Capstone performance tasks / “Big Open-­ended Problem” (BOP)

Use utility consumption data as the basis for having students take a position on a story problem and defend it using an analysis of the data.

■ Example: Track and plot utility usage, then determine line of best fit. Explain the trend in written form incorporating data and qualitative evidence such as a log of home water use

■ Example B.O.P. inspired by STEMhero

Human-impacts


Human-impacts


Human Impacts / Civics / Ethics

 Watershed health and water quality: tips and  non-fiction sources  (curated for students)

Watershed health and water quality: tips and non-fiction sources (curated for students)

 Water-Energy Nexus tips and  supplemental non-fiction sources  (curated for students) 

Water-Energy Nexus tips and supplemental non-fiction sources (curated for students) 

 Energy Efficiency: tips and  supplemental non-fiction sources  (curated for students)

Energy Efficiency: tips and supplemental non-fiction sources (curated for students)

 Water efficiency: tips and supplemental non-fiction sources (curated for students)    

Water efficiency: tips and supplemental non-fiction sources (curated for students)    

Civics / Ethics: Resources and potential guiding questions

Topic 1) Pricing: How should leaders develop utility pricing and programs that ensure the water or energy system remains safe and reliable, but also doesn't unfairly burden the poor?  

 

Topic 2) Sustainable resource management: What responsibility, if any, do users of water and energy have to do their best to use those resources as efficiently as possible? What tradeoffs, timeframes, and perspectives should be considered and balanced as choices are made to take or not take actions to become more efficient users of water and energy? What are other examples of challenges in our community which can be made better or worse based on the relatively small actions of many people? Sometimes these types of challenges are know as "Collective Action Problems". 

Health STEMheroes


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