Case of the 2020 Fish Kill

Module 1: Lesson 3

Through this lesson, students will use the case study of the 2020 fish kills in Biscayne Bay to play a "who-done-it" murder mystery game and determine what sources of pollution may have caused the disaster. Then they will develop a plan of action as scientists studying the water quality in Biscayne Bay.

Lesson Plan

Essential Questions: How does science, specifically the monitoring of environmental parameters, influence policy decisions? Can there be multiple ways to develop a creative methodology used within an scientific investigation?

Objectives: By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Discuss, compare and negotiate methods used, results obtained, and explanations among groups of students conducting the same investigation
  • Explain that science is one of the processes that can be used to inform decision-making at the community, state, national and international levels
  • Discuss the need for adequate monitoring of environmental parameters when making policy decisions

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