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Digital Unit Plan Template

Unit Title: The Relationship Between the Environment and Name: Monica Lu
Community Health
Content Area: Biology Grade Level: 9-10
CA Content Standard(s)/Common Core Standard(s):
Next Generation Science Standards
HS-LS2-7. Design, evaluate, and refine a solution for reducing the impacts of human activities on the environment and biodiversity.

Big Ideas/Unit Goals:

Students will understand the Gas Exchange Process of the Respiratory System. Students will learn about the symptoms, causes, and treatments of Asthma. They will
explore and develop an understanding of how various sources of pollution affect the health and wellness of their local communities and members. Students will
construct possible solutions to minimize these impacts by writing and presenting to their local environmental agencies through presentations or videos.

 How is the Particulate Matter Pollution distributed across various areas within a community? What factors are contributing to the differences in the distribution
and concentration of pollution across different communities?
 How does Particulate Matter Pollution contribute to the development of Asthma?
 What are some ways we can minimize or reduce our exposures to these pollutions?

Unit Summary:
In this unit, students will learn about the relationship between the environment and the community health. We will be focusing on one of the most common respiratory
disease, Asthma. After learning more about Asthma, students will be surveying their family and community members to see how many people have Asthma. They will
then learn about air pollution and conduct an experiment to collect particulate matter across different areas within the community. After they study the distribution and
concentration of pollution across various locations, they will be creating a presentation to their local health agencies to help minimize the impacts of the pollution

Assessment Plan:
Entry-Level: Formative: Summative:
Survey of student’s prior knowledge KWL Chart on TEDEd video to begin exploring the Presentation on the effects of Particulate Matter
main ideas Pollution on community health, with a focus on
Teacher Lecture and Guided Notes on the Asthma and possible solutions to reduce the
Respiratory System and Asthma impact/exposure of the pollution
Gas Exchange Process Coloring Sheet Final Exam on the content and big ideas
Webercise to simulate the Gas Exchange Process
and the effects of Particulate Matter Pollution on the
Respiratory System
Lesson 1 (Graphic Organizer)
Student Learning Acceptable Evidence Lesson Activities:
Objective: (Assessments): This is an individual assignment. Students will be given the scoring rubric prior to the start of the
Students will be able to Students will complete a activity. Students will be completing their KWL Chart on a TEDEd video about Asthma. First, they will
formulate questions about KWL Chart on a TEDEd brainstorm what they already know about the topic. They will need to write down what they already
Asthma that they are video about Asthma with know Asthma in the What I Know column. Next, they will formulate meaningful questions about the
interested to know or learn their own descriptions and topic. Students will need to write down these questions in the What I Want to Know column. These
about. thoughts. questions should provide a purpose for what to look out for as they watch the video. Finally, they will
watch the video. As the video is playing, students will write down any answers to their questions and
other new information that they’ve learned in the What I Learned column.

Lesson 2 (Teacher Lecture)

Student Learning Acceptable Evidence: Lesson Activities:
Objective: Students will fill in the Students will follow the Teacher Lecture on the Respiratory System and Asthma and take notes using
Students will know an provided guided notes on the the guided notes. The first section of the guided notes involves students using the image of the
overview of the anatomy of Respiratory System and Respiratory System to identify the different structures and the main functions of the system. Then they
the Respiratory System. Asthma with their own will be watching a two-part video on the Respiratory System from Crash Course on Youtube and take
Students will understand the descriptions and thoughts. relevant and important details. Next, the definitions and key terms related to Asthma are presented.
overview of what Asthma is They will have to know and use these terms to describe the graphics on the anatomy of Asthma. After
and how it is triggered and learning a bit about Asthma, the students will actually have a chance to experience what it feels like to
treated. have Asthma through a class activity. They will then learn about some treatments of Asthma and risk
factors that influence the chances of someone developing it. Students will make predictions on the
group of people who have higher risk factors according to what they’ve learned. Finally, students will
look at data compiled by the CA Department of Public Health on Asthma in California and write down
some observations. The lecture will end with checking for understanding with some provoking
questions that require inferential and critical thinking.

Lesson 3 (Webercise/ iPad Lesson)

Student Learning Acceptable Evidence: Lesson Activities:
Objective: Using provided websites, Students will use laptops to navigate across different websites listed on their webquest form. For the
Students will understand the students will complete a first website, students will have to answer question about the lungs and label and define the structures
Gas Exchange Process of the webquest to gather of the lungs. Next, they will be using an interactive called Lung Attack in which they will simulate how
Respiratory System. Students information. oxygen travels from our nose/mouth to the gas exchange in the alveoli. They will also have to answer
will be able to define Particulate questions about what is happening at each stage of the simulation. They will then gather information on
Matter Pollution and know the Particulate Matter from the Environmental Protection Agency’s website. They will learn about the
effects of PM Pollution on difference between small and big particulate matter. Students will return to Lung Attack and simulate
how the two different particulate matter affects the lungs. They will have to answer questions about
what is happening at each stage. The last website they will access is the Health and Environmental
Effects of Particulate Matter on the EPA’s website. They will answer questions about the different
health and environmental effects of PM pollution.
Unit Resources:
 Digital Unit Plan Site:
 Entry-Level Survey:
 Webercise:
 KWL Chart:
 Guided Notes:

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