High School Biology / 9th and 10th Grade

Environmental Health

How can plants and other living things save our polluted planet?

In this unit, students work as environmental engineers to investigate the driving question, How can plants and other organisms help restore the environments in our community? In Module 1, students learn about the impact of contaminants on humans and wildlife and investigate issues of contaminant pollution in or near their own communities. In Module 2, students learn about the process of bioremediation, which is the ability for plants and animals to remove contaminants from the environment. Students learn how bioremediation happens at the cellular and organism level and research options for using plants to remove contaminants from their project site. In Modules 3 and 4, students investigate how bioremediation is related to photosynthesis, respiration, and nutrient and water cycles, and design and share a bioremediation plan for their chosen project site.

Key content: photosynthesis, cellular respiration, transpiration, and cycling of energy and matter

Unit length: 9-10 Weeks

Read our standards summary for an overview of the course and its alignment to Common Core and/or Next Generation Science Standards.

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