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Rating: Example of High Quality NGSS Design
Awarded the NGSS Design Badge
Science Discipline: Physical Science, Life Science, Earth and Space Science, Engineering
Year Reviewed: 2019
In this unit, students consider the question: We eat pizza made of many ingredients. How has this pizza been made? To try to explain this phenomenon, students will develop and refine a farm model throughout each lesson. They then focus on designing a farm that minimally harms the environment. Students will see how matter is cycled through ecosystems and how energy flows from the sun to the consumers in a food chain. As students engage in the activities in this unit, the Crosscutting Concepts of Energy and Matter and Systems and System Models are emphasized.
A previous version of this unit was reviewed by the Science PRP and was posted here with a Quality Work in Progress rating. This unit has been revised based on that feedback.
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The NGSS Design Badge is awarded only to the version of this unit that was reviewed. If any modifications are made to this unit, the revised version cannot be promoted as having earned the badge.
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