Unit Plan

The Great Clearcut Controversy

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Urban development and habitat retention are often at odds. A three-part lesson examines the pros and cons of forest clearcutting. Learners review data and characteristics of a specific mammal to make conclusions about the effect clear-cutting has on their animals as well as wildlife conservation in general.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Have pupils compare their results and make conclusions as a class
  • Invite a local environmentalist to speak about how changes in the environment affect local species
Classroom Considerations
  • Activity requires a large amount of reading; provide support for individuals with low reading levels
  • Includes samples of student work
  • Uses real data to make conclusions
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