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Explore_I_ 2014-2015

Name:_______________________________________________ Date:_____________ Period: _________


Directions:
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Students will create a Naturalist Brochure of their assigned ecoregion. P 223 In New Book

Students will spend 1-2 class periods researching the biodiversity of the ecoregion including:
a. animals
b. vegetation
c. climate
d. precipitation
e. temperature
f. elevation
g. location
Students will spend 1-2 class periods putting their information into a brochure format.
Begin research with TEXAS ECO REGIONS WEB PAGE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Md_eEogT9Pc&feature=bf_prev&list=PL6E39FE922259894F

Students will present the brochure to classmates.


Audience will target the specific criteria for each ecoregion being presented and will fill out student graphic organizer
while groups are presenting information on each ecoregion Naturalist Brochure Presentations of Texas Ecoregions
Direction: As groups are presenting, fill out graphic organizer with information to each ecoregion.

EPISD Middle School Science Standards Based Curriculum 2014-2015

Explore_I_ 2014-2015
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Ecoregion

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EPISD Middle School Science Standards Based Curriculum 2014-2015

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Use of land
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Naturalist Brochure of Texas Ecoregion (Score Sheet)


Points
earned

Criteria of
Product
Animal
Biodiversity

Excellent (4 pts.)

Good (3 pts.)

Fair (2 pts.)

Poor (1 pt.)

Brochure lists 8-10 animals


with characteristics of why
they live there

Brochure lists 6-8 animals


with characteristics of why
they live there

Brochure lists 5-4 animals


with characteristics of why
they live there

Brochure lists less than 4


characteristics of why they
live there

Vegetation
Biodiversity

5 or more with
sustainability including
water needs, sunlight, area,
root systems, foliage

4 with sustainability
including water needs,
sunlight, area, root systems,
foliage

3 with sustainability
including water needs,
sunlight, area, root systems,
foliage

2 or less with sustainability


including water needs,
sunlight, area, root systems,
foliage

Climate

Brochure describes the


average precipitation,
temperatures and elevation
of the ecoregion.

Brochure describes only 2 of


the following: average
precipitation, temperature or
elevation of the ecoregion.

Brochure describes only 1 of


the following: average
precipitation, temperature, or
elevation of the ecoregion.

Brochure fails to describe any


factors of climate of the
ecoregion.

EPISD Middle School Science Standards Based Curriculum 2014-2015

Explore_I_ 2014-2015
Name:_______________________________________________ Date:_____________ Period: _________
Location

Commercial and
recreational uses
of land in the area
of ecoregion

The location of the


ecoregion is provided in an
accurate form of a map with
latitude, longitude as well

The location of the ecoregion


is provided in an accurate
form of map only

The location of the ecoregion


is described only in form of
writing

The location of the ecoregion


is not mentioned

Brochure states both


positive and negative
aspects of land being
subject to all of the
following 5 factors:
farming, mining, building,
deforestation, and
recreational

Brochure states both positive


and negative aspects of land
being subject to all of the
following 3 factors: farming,
mining, building,
deforestation, and
recreational

Brochure briefly describes


the following factors:
farming, mining, building,
deforestation, and
recreational

Brochure briefly describes 2


of the following factors:
farming, mining, building,
deforestation, and recreational

Total points__________x 5 =_________%

EPISD Middle School Science Standards Based Curriculum 2014-2015

Explore_I_ 2014-2015
Name:_______________________________________________ Date:_____________ Period: _________

EPISD Middle School Science Standards Based Curriculum 2014-2015

Explore_I_ 2014-2015
Name:_______________________________________________ Date:_____________ Period: _________

Example of naturalist brochure

EPISD Middle School Science Standards Based Curriculum 2014-2015