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How would I explain this lesson to another person (staff member, parent, student, etc.) in terms of the following:

1) Objectives of the Activity

2) How the Objectives of the Activity are Met

3) Connections of Activity to CA Science Standards

4) Connections of Activity to Cross-curricular Education

5) How will student input be used to determine whether the students understand the material (questioning and observing throughout the lesson)?

6) How will instructional strategies reflect attention to students characteristics, learning needs, and /or language needs?

7) What ideas can you suggest for extending the lesson or for homework?

This lesson is Rivers of Babylon, from Project Learning Tree K-8 Environment Education Activity Guide by plt.org.

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1) Objectives of the Activity:
The objectives of this activity are to cultivate cooperation and communication from students by placing students in teams to collaborate on the assignment. Students are tasked with assessing the factors responsible for causing the collapse of the Babylonian civilization. The students should promulgate their own theories by collaborating in groups to develop a theory on the reason that this civilization died out as well as analyze America's current trajectory in comparison to the ancient civilization of Babylon.

2) How the Objectives of the Activity are Met
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Solution Summary

This response analyzes a assignment given to children in 5th grade regarding Babylon and its demise to see if it coincides with CA science standards.

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