Biology 1, Philippine Science High School – Main Campus Activity: Small Group Discussion on Environmental Problems

The class will be divided into 6 topic groups of 5 members each. Each topic group is expected to produce the following output:  5 minutes oral report (for group sharing) o Evidence of the problem: WHAT, WHERE, WHEN, WHO o Causes of the problem: WHY o Solutions to the problem: HOW o FOCUS ON THE PHILIPPINE CONTEXT FIRST before giving examples from other countries. 1-page (short bond) flyer (provide copies for group sharing, submit one copy to teacher) o May be computerized or handmade o Must properly cite sources of text and images used (see handout given on citing sources)

Topic Groups and Discussion Groups:
Topic
Air pollution Climate change Deforestation Exploitation of marine ecosystems Introduced and invasive species Wildlife trade R3 R4 R2 R11 R6 R1 S6 S3 S2 S7 S1 S4

Members (CN) of Topic Group
R5 R13 R9 R12 R7 R10 S8 S9 S11 S21 S5 S12 R8 R14 R24 R20 R16 R21 S14 S15 S17 S23 S10 S30 R15 R17 R28 R22 R25 R23 S18 S19 S20 S24 S13 S16 R18 R19 R29 R26 R27 R30 S27 S26 S29 S28 S22 S25

On the day of the small group discussion, each of the 6 topic groups will be distributed into 5 discussion groups (i.e., each discussion group will have one member from each topic group, for a total of 6 members each). For each discussion group, each of the 5 members will be given 5 minutes to deliver their oral report and show/distribute their flyers. Members of the discussion group are encouraged to ask the reporter questions, or to give their own insight on the situation.

Criteria for Grading:
On the day of the report, each reporter will be graded by their discussion group mates based on the following criteria:
1. MASTERY OF SUBJECT MATTER a. Was able to report on the topic w/o referring to the flyer or any notes. b. Expertly answered questions about the topic. 2. COMPLETENESS OF REPORT Covered the required points of discussion: evidence of the problem, causes of the problem, and solutions to the problem. 3. EFFECTIVENESS OF THE FLYER The flyer got the message across through the use of sufficient and relevant text and images. 4. VISUAL APPEAL OF FLYER Appropriate images supplemented the text and made the flyer visually attractive. 10 8 6 4 2 a. Reported straight from the flyer or from personal notes, w/o giving personal input on the subject. b. Could not answer questions about the topic. Did not touch on any of the required points for discussion. The flyer wasn’t informative at all.

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The flyer presented all its information in the form of blocks of text.

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