Extend: Save the Birds

DCIs: ETS1.A: Defining and Delimiting Engineering Problems; ETS1.B: Developing Possible Solutions; ETS1.C: Optimizing the Design Solution; LS4.D: Biodiversity and HumansESS3.C: Human Impacts on Earth Systems

SEPs: Asking questions (for science); Developing and using models; Planning and carrying out investigations; Analyzing and interpreting data; Using mathematics and computational thinking; Constructing explanations (for science);  Engaging in Argument from Evidence; Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating information

CCCs: Patterns; Cause and Effect: Mechanism and Explanation; Scale, Proportion, and Quantity; Systems and System Models; Energy and Matter: Flows, Cycles, and Conservation; Structure and Function; Stability and Change

CA EPs & Cs: 

Time: 1 Day, 20 minutes (project time could be 1 week+, teacher discretion)

Prep: Review Lesson Plan, create a rubric

Anchoring Phenomena

Essential Question

What role does the California condor play in the California ecosystem, and how do changes in the ecosystem impact condors over time?


1. Intro: What does the California condor need to thrive again or to be taken off the endangered species list?

  • How can YOU help!?

  • What are some solutions?

  • Can you DESIGN something to help?


2. Elaborate: Save the Birds

  • Students will choose a project: design a product/app, create a PSA, scientific poster, art piece, develop a technique for field biologists or Zoo staff, etc…

3. Teacher’s share top projects with SB Zoo and FWS