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

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

cereal
Noun

type of grain, including wheat.

claim
Verb

to state as the truth.

Noun

agricultural produce.

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

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.