Tell students that Activity 1 (Constructing an Argument) on the lesson Can We Feed the Growing Population? introduces the structure of the scientific argumentation they will be asked to do in the rest of the lesson. Tell students that Activity 1 will give them practice with analyzing a data set and making a good scientific argument from the evidence. Encourage students to review the questions and example best answers provided in Activity 1 before starting on the current activity.
Subjects & Disciplines
- Earth Science
- create a good scientific argument in the context of land management
- Inquiry-based learning
- Self-directed learning
- Self-paced learning
Critical Thinking Skills
What You’ll Need
Materials You Provide
- Computers with Internet connection
The resources are also available at the top of the page.
- Internet Access: Required
Recommended Prior Activities
type of grain, including wheat.
to state as the truth.
data that can be measured, observed, examined, and analyzed to support a conclusion.
nutrient-rich chemical substance (natural or manmade) applied to soil to encourage plant growth.
solid part of the Earth's surface not covered by water.
chemical element with the symbol K.
top layer of the Earth's surface where plants can grow.
This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. DRL-1220756. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.