Contains the full student text and images, plus teaching suggestions, and information to help teachers organize instruction for each activity. Summarizes what the students will be doing, provides equipment list,and background information. In this NSF-funded middle school curriculum, Living on the Edge, students learn about ecology, agriculture, biotechnology, and data analysis. Students examine relationships between human-made and natural worlds. They discover relationships between populations of animals and plants and their environments. Includes Mathematics: A Tour of Your Trash, Fall Haul, Made to Order and the Balancing Act. Science: What's that Smell?, Growing Up, To Be or Not to Be (Organic), Millions and Millions of Species, and Needing Each Other. Technology: What Should We Do with All the Garbage?, Control Your Environment, The Booming World - Depleting Resources, Alternate Ways, Driving on Empty. The text for each module contains the following components: Challenge: an interdisciplinary activity designed to introduce students to the concepts covered in the module, explorations, applications, and expansions. Focus on This: questions to guide the learning experience. Guiding questions appear at the beginning of each Exploring component to help students see the problem to be addressed. The same question appears again as the final Getting the Idea discussion question. The Focus on This question for the Applying the Idea activity encompasses concepts from the Explorings. Guiding questions are sometimes general in nature and may not be fully answered by completing the activity. Exploring: exploratory activities where students interact with materials, design and try ideas, collect and record data, and make predictions. Applying the Idea: Designed so students can apply what they have learned to new situations. Expanding the Idea: Extension activities that can be used to expand previously learned concepts into real world situations.
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