Authentic Performance Activities facilitate a student's understanding of a lesson's usefulness in real life. They are also an Understanding by Design (UbD) assessment tool. Focus questions act as pre- and post-assessment indicators of the activity's effectiveness.
1. How are wetlands important environmentally?
2. How are wetlands important economically?
3. Which natural hazards are addressed by wetlands?
You are a wetland specialist working for the EPA. A large land developer wants to remove the mangroves and salt marshes along a section of the Florida coast to build a hotel complex with golf courses, tennis courts, and swimming pools. They claim that the development will bring in several hundred new jobs. You need to write a convincing report about why those wetlands are essential environmentally and economically. Read about the Florida everglades, mangroves, salt marshes and wetlands and then list these reasons below.