Author:
Blended Learning Teacher Practice Network
Subject:
Environmental Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Level:
Middle School
Grade:
8
Tags:
21st Century Skills, Bl, Blended Learning, Characteristics, Collaboration, Communication, Critical Thinking Skills, Diversity, Interdisciplinary, Middle School, Organisms, PBL, Problem Based Learning, Problem Solving Skills, Reproduction, Station Rotation, Technology, Traits
License:
Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0
Language:
English
Media Formats:
Audio, Downloadable docs, Graphics/Photos, Text/HTML

Education Standards (6)

What Makes us Human?

What Makes us Human?

Lesson Overview

In this problem-based, blended learning mondule, students will investigate what is the single - most defining trait that makes  us human? Is it our highly developed speech, our imagination, creativity, or our upright walking posture?  Humans have mastered fire, developed tools, art, music, recorded our history, and accomplished a countless number of other things. In this module, students will explore genetics concepts regarding inheritance, natural selection, biology of the human brain, and our hominid evolution over the last two hundred thousand years. Students will utilize guided research, and independent work to formulate an argumentative essay, and substantiating their claim with evidence from their research. When the argumentative essay is completed, students will create a project from a choice board that demonstrates their understanding of one of the concepts of our humanity.