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Feeding the World - Grade 8   Tags: "noodle tools", "one world", crops, food, photosynthesis, transpiration, water  

Criterion A: One World; Criterion B: Communication in Science
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Photosynthesis and food for humans

            Introduction   

Man has been a farmer of crops for many years.

In this project you will be looking at what we can do to increase food production of crop plants to meet the world food needs now and in the future. You will need to think of the types of foods we need to survive, the types of crops we use, the conditions under which we grow them. What we might do to increase our “food” value either by using specific crops in certain places or changing the crops or conditions in some way.  You need to use “Scientific” language and concepts to gain the best grade.

The aim of the essay is:

To look at changing the kinds of crops we grow (maybe adapting the conditions to ensure they grow well) and the general conditions under which the crops are grown to increase their potential yield in a sustainable way.

  1. Select a crop or crops or a food type and describe how it is grown.
  2. Describe how this chosen method of farming has used science effectively (Clue: Think about advantages and disadvantages of the method in a critical way), especially the knowledge of what plants need to grow well.
  3. Describe the implications of the use and application of farming the selected crops and how they are farmed, how we change that method and how this interacts with at least two of the following factors:
  • Moral
  • Social
  • Economic
  • Political
  • Environmental,
  • Cultural
  • Ethical
 

Before you start......

Some pointers:

  • Make sure that you read the instruction sheet and rubrics very carefully
  • Look up any words whose meaning you are not sure of
  • Gain general background information before you get to the specifics
  • Highlight the important words or phrases in the instrction sheet - brainstorm these concepts - what do you understand by them, how much do you know already, what do you need to find out?
  • Brainstorm what exactly you are being asked to do
 

What do I want to achieve?

Criterion A - One World

MYP Descriptor
5–6

  • Describes how science is applied and how it may be used to address a specific problem or issue in a local or global context.
  • Describes the effectiveness of science and its application in solving the problem or issue.
  • Describes the implications of the use and application of science interacting with at least two of the following factors:
    moral, ethical, social, economic, political, cultural and environmental.

What will this look like in your work?

  • Describe types farming methods and crops grown.
  • Relates type of farming to local conditions at least in more than one case.
  • Describe how this chosen way of farming has used science effectively (Clue: Think about advantages and disadvantages), especially the knowledge of what plants need to grow well.
  • Describes the implications of the use and application of farming methods (both the crop selection, how it is grown and how this may be changed) with at least one of the following factors:

             moral, social, economic, political, environmental, cultural, ethical.

Criterion B - Communication in Science

MYP Descriptor

5–6

  • Uses sufficient scientific language correctly.
  • Communicates scientific information effectively.
  • When appropriate to the task, documents sources of information correctly.

What will this look like in your work?

  • I used scientific language correctly nearly all the time.
  • I used appropriate AND good communication modes and formats.
  1. Introduction
  2. Work broken into useful sections
  3. Clear images (with labels underneath)
  4. I acknowledged the work of others well: 
  • Correct MLA style works cited section
  • Format hanging
  • Alphabetical order
  • Images clearly cited

I need a synonym......

  • Visual Dictionary and thesaurus - try me!
    Look up words to find their meanings and associations with other words and concepts. Produce diagrams reminiscent of a neural net. Learn how words associate.

    Enter words into the search box to look them up or double-click a node to expand the tree. Click and drag the background to pan around and use the mouse wheel to zoom. Hover over nodes to see the definition and click and drag individual nodes to move them around to help clarify connections.
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