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  • 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

    • Science
      • Environmental
      • General science

    Learning Objectives

    Students will:

    • create a good scientific argument in the context of land management

    Teaching Approach

    • Inquiry-based learning

    Teaching Methods

    • Self-directed learning
    • Self-paced learning
    • Writing

    Skills Summary

    This activity targets the following skills:

    • Critical Thinking Skills
      • Analyzing
  • What You’ll Need

    Materials You Provide

    • Computers with Internet connection

    Required Technology

    • Internet Access: Required
  • Background Information


    Prior Knowledge

    • None

    Recommended Prior Activities

    • None

    Vocabulary

    Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry
    cereal Noun

    type of grain, including wheat.

    claim Verb

    to state as the truth.

    crop Noun

    agricultural produce.

    Encyclopedic Entry: crop
    evidence Noun

    data that can be measured, observed, examined, and analyzed to support a conclusion.

    fertilizer Noun

    nutrient-rich chemical substance (natural or manmade) applied to soil to encourage plant growth.

    land Noun

    solid part of the Earth's surface not covered by water.

    potassium Noun

    chemical element with the symbol K.

    soil Noun

    top layer of the Earth's surface where plants can grow.

Partner

Funder

National Science Foundation - HAS

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.