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  • Zombie Mud Crab Invasion!

     Grade 6

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    Program Description
    2 hour program
    1 class (32 students)
    The Loxo parasite zombie mud crab outbreak is happening right now in the Chesapeake bay! Scientist at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center are racing against the clock to determine the nature of this parasitic relationship between mud crabs and the Loxo parasite. Become a scientist in this research-based educational program and help scientist learn:

    How does the Loxo parasite affect the mud-crab population?
    How are mud-crabs a bio-indicator for the health of a marine environment?
    Why is it important to maintain balance in natural habitats?
    How do people influence environmental change?


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    Post Visit Materials

    Next Generation Science Standards

    Performance Expectation 

    MS-LS2-1: Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on organisms and populations of organisms in an ecosystem.

    MS-LS2-2: Construct an explanation that predicts patterns in interactions among organisms across multiple ecosystems.

    MS-LS2-3: Develop a model to describe the cycling of matter and flow of energy among living and nonliving parts of an ecosystem.

    MS-LS2-4: Construct an argument supported by empirical evidence that changes to physical or biological components of an ecosystem affect populations.

    MS-LS2-5: Evaluate competing design solutions for maintaining biodiversity and ecosystem services.

    MS-ESS3-4: Construct an argument supported by evidence for how increases in human population and per-capita consumption of natural resources impact earth's systems.

    Science and Engineering Practices

    Engaging In Argument From Evidence

    Construct An Oral And Written Argument

    Evaluate Competing Design Solutions
    Develop a Model to Describe Phenomena.

    Analyze and Interpret Data to provide evidence for phenomena.

    Disciplinary Core Ideas

    LS2.C: Ecosystem Dynamics, Functioning, and Resilience
    LS2.A: Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems
    LS2.B: Cycle of Matter and Energy Transfer in Ecosystems
    LS2.C: Ecosystem Dynamics, Functioning, and Resilience
    LS4.D: Biodiversity and Humans
    ETS1.B: Developing Possible Solutions

     Cross Cutting Concepts

     Stability and Change
    Cause and Effect Relationships
    Energy and Matter

     Maryland College and Career-Ready Standards (MD-CCRS)
    RST.6-8.-Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts.
    RI.8.8-Trace and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, assessing whether the reasoning is sound and the evidence is relevant and sufficient to support the claims.
    WHST.6-8.1-Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.
    WHST.6-8.9-Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
    6.SP.B.5- Summarize numerical data sets in relation to their context.

    Computer Science
    CSTA K-12 Computer Science Standards, Revised 2017
    Grades 3–6 (L1:6.CL) (Level 1, Collaboration)
    The student will be able to:
    2. Use online resources (e.g., email, online discussions, collaborative web environments) to participate in collaborative problem solving activities for the purpose of developing solutions or products.
    Source: CSTA Computer Science Standards