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Pavarti needs help reviewing her proposal for a new apartment building for some incoming Earth evacuees. She is worried the apartments will negatively impact the ecosystem.

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Standards Covered

MS-LS2-4. Construct an argument supported by empirical evidence that changes to physical or biological components of an ecosystem affect populations. MS-ESS3-3. Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.

Anchoring Phenomena & Topics Covered

Human impacts; ecosystem, conservation, deforestation

Real World Connections

This quest helps students gain a larger understanding of the consequences human actions could have on an ecosystem.

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Beachfront Property

Students are asked to review the design for a new apartment complex. What has changed within the ecosystem post-construction?

Research is Important

Students spend time researching topics such as deforestation, erosion, and the negative impacts that could arise from building an apartment complex in this location.

Make a Suggestion

Help Pavarti decide whether this apartment complex is harmful to the environment. Build an argument using evidence collected from observation and research.

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