Steps for this Project
You will follow the Research Cycle as you work through this project. The steps are:
Guiding Question: How do organisms interact with and respond to the environment and other organisms? Your first task is to develop a list of questions you will use to guide your research.
Decide on what jobs your team will need to do in order to get the information to answer your questions. Use your Notes Sheet to plan these jobs.
Use your Populations and Ecosystems CD and links to selected web sites to gather data.
Sorting and Sifting
You have gathered a lot of information about two ecosystems. Now it is time to decide which facts will help you make your recommendation and which will not.
Now it is time to arrange and rearrange the information to focus on what is important to your project. Keep the guiding question in mind.
Gather, Sort, Sift, Synthesize
Repeat these steps until you have all the information you need.
Does your research support your recommendation? How well did you work as a team?
Your team will create a food chain poster and prepare a PowerPoint presentation to a Congressional committee recommending ways the ecosystem can be preserved while still meeting human needs.