MYP 8 Science - Chemistry

MYP 8.5.8: One World Activity

Introduction

Acid rain is the term given to rainwater which has a lower pH than normal. This is caused by pollution.

Student activity

You are to research the causes and effects of acid rain and examine some of the applications of science to this problem. The work should explain the causes of the problem, explain the application of science to the problem and discuss the limitations of science with regard to the problem.

The students should also identify and explain links between the subject matter and two of the following: social, economic, moral, ethical, political, cultural and environmental factors .

All research should be carefully documented and a bibliography drawn up.

The work is to be assessed on Criteria A & B

Assessment - Criterion A - One World

Students should understand the interdependence of science and society. Students are expected to discuss how science is applied and used to solve specific problems in life and society. Students should be given the opportunity to explore local and global scientific issues and evaluate the interaction between science and scientific developments with social, economic, political, environmental, cultural and ethical factors.

Assessment tasks should allow students to demonstrate their understanding of the role of science in society through the development of analysis and critical thinking. Suitable assessment tasks to assess this criterion include essays, case studies and research projects, but also debates and oral presentations.

level Descriptor
0 The student does not reach a standard described by any of the descriptors given below.
1-2 The student describes how science is applied to addressing a specific local or global issue. The student states some of the benefits or limitations of science in addressing the issue.  
3-4 The student describes how science is applied to addressing a specific local or global issue. The student describes some of the benefits or limitations of science in addressing the issue. The student describes how science and its applications interact with at least one of the following factors: social, economic, political, environmental, cultural and ethical.
5-6 The student explains how science is applied to addressing a specific local or global issue. The student explains some of the benefits and limitations of science in solving the issue. The student discusses how science and its applications interact with some of the following factors: social, economic, political, environmental, cultural and ethical.

Assessment Criterion B - Communication in science

Students should be able to demonstrate understanding when communicating scientific information. Students should use appropriate scientific language, a range of communication modes and the most appropriate communication format.

Suitable assessment tasks to assess this criterion include scientific investigation reports, research essays, case studies, interdisciplinary projects, and media presentations. Depending on the tasks, students will be expected to acknowledge the sources of information and document these appropriately.

level Descriptor
0 The student does not reach a standard described by any of the descriptors given below.
1-2 The student attempts to communicate scientific information using some scientific language. The student presents some of the information in an appropriate form using some symbolic or visual representation when appropriate. The student attempts to acknowledge sources of information but this is inaccurate.
3-4 The student communicates scientific information using scientific language. The student presents most of the information appropriately using symbolic and/or visual representation according to the task. The student acknowledges sources of information with occasional errors.
5-6 The student communicates scientific information effectively using scientific language correctly. The student presents all the information appropriately using symbolic and/or visual representation accurately according to the task. The student acknowledges sources of information appropriately.

Teaching notes

The students could do this as a One World Essay or a Peer Presentation.

This could be a global approach, or a look at a specific problem in terms of location, or issue, and how it is dealt with.

Example of local issues could be the Parthenon or the Norwegian timber forests.


 
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