Where Do We Live?
Jaclyn Augustine Hoahing
Neighborhood High School, Manhattan
niversity Neighborhood High School, Manhattan
Summer Research Program for Science Teachers
Subject: Earth Science
first year I taught about the Hudson River I projected a map of
Students will be able to:
Elicit: Give students the worksheet as a do now. Give them 5 min. to complete it. Then go over it using the second slide of the Powerpoint presentation.
Engage: Ask students where they live? Invite a few students to come up and point out where they live on the map. Change to a different map and see if they can still identify different areas.
As you go through the presentation
point things out on the map. Find
where your school is. You can show
that the Harlem River and East River are not ‘real’ rivers and actually the same
water as the
This presentation can be a jumping
off point for many topics. It could
lead into a unit about aquatic ecosystems, watersheds, water quality, where our
drinking water comes from. During
the presentation you can elaborate on any of these topics.
Evaluate: The following day give the map again as a do now and see how they do. I usually put the map on quizzes or on tests continuously throughout the year.
Extend: After the presentation I ask the students to do a think-pair-share of animals they think live in the water of the Hudson River Estuary. If we have time I go over some pictures of animals that live in the Estuary. For homework I ask the students to list the nutrients they think are important for the organisms that live in the estuary.
National Standards: Life Science, Personal and Social Perspectives
1.1b An ecosystem is shaped by the nonliving environment as well as its interacting species. The world contains a wide diversity of physical conditions, which creates a variety of environments.
7.1c Human beings are part of the Earth’s ecosystems. Human activities can, deliberately or inadvertently, alter the equilibrium in ecosystems. Humans modify ecosystems as a result of population growth, consumption, and technology. Human destruction of habitats through direct harvesting, pollution, atmospheric changes, and other factors is threatening current global stability, and if not addressed, ecosystems may be irreversibly affected.
7.2a Human activities that degrade ecosystems result in a loss of diversity of the living and nonliving environment. For example, the influence of humans on other organisms occurs through land use and pollution. Land use decreases the space and resources available to other species, and pollution changes the chemical composition of air, soil, and water.