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Participating Schools: Casa Grande High School

Lead Teachers: Kim Tay

Participating Classes: 10th Grade 

Overview: Our essential question is: how does climate change affect biodiversity? Our students will learn about the Petaluma Watershed, the biodiversity in the region, and the projected impact of climate change on the watershed. Thereafter, our students share their findings with local elementary students.

Curriculum Highlights

Key Learning Objectives: Understanding biodiversity and the impact of climate change on a local level. Students will study the natural history of Shollenberger Park and the surrounding area.

Geoliteracy Integration: Geo-literacy is the understanding of Earth systems and interconnections that we all need to make good decisions. Whether we are making decisions about where to live, what precautions to take for natural hazards, or how to set up a manufacturing supply chain, we are all called upon to make decisions that require geo-literacy throughout our lives.

Fieldwork Activities

1) Students will go to Shollenberger park to make sketches, take photos, and gather natural history information on the flora and fauna of the Petaluma Wetlands. They will record their data in their scientific notebooks.

Students will integrate information from diverse sources, both primary and secondary, into a coherent understanding of how plants can improve their own health. They will find the most up-to-date scientific findings to understand the practical and reliable information about these plants and the natural remedies made from them. 


CA Curriculum Standards Addressed

English Language Arts

1. Integrate multiple sources of information presented in diverse media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) evaluating the credibility and accuracy of each source.

2. Present information, findings, and supporting evidence conveying a clear and distinct perspective and a logical argument, such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning, alternative or opposing perspectives are addressed, and the organization, development, substance, and style are

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Student Work

These are examples of books created by Kim Tay's class on life found in and around the Petaluma River.