Earth and Space Science 2.4 (91190): Investigate how organisms survive in an extreme environment

Achievement
Achievement with Merit
Achievement with Excellence
Investigate how organisms survive in an extreme environment.
Investigate in depth how organisms survive in an extreme environment.
Investigate comprehensively how organisms survive in an extreme environment.

1. Achievement criteria:
Investigate involves:
• selecting and processing information
• using the processed information:
 describing why the conditions of the extreme environment requires special biological adaptations or technological modifications for survival
 describing how the biological adaptations or technological modifications allow the organism(s) to survive in the extreme environment
• recording sources of information used in a traceable format.

Investigate in depth is further developed by:
• selecting and processing information that provides links between conditions of the extreme environment and biological adaptations or technological modifications
• explaining, using the processed information, how the biological adaptations or technological modifications allow the organism(s) to survive the conditions of the extreme environment.

Investigate comprehensively is further developed by:
• selecting and processing information that provides integrated links between conditions of the extreme environment and biological adaptations or technological modifications
• justifying, using the processed information, how the biological adaptations or technological modifications allow the organism(s) to survive the conditions of the extreme environment.

2. Organisms can be the same or different species including humans.

3. An extreme environment can be selected from, but is not restricted to, outer space, oceans, deep sea trenches, extremes of temperature or salinity, anaerobic conditions, excess exposure to radiation or toxic chemicals, geothermal vents.

Assessment resources on TKI:
http://ncea.tki.org.nz/content/download/4392/14270/file/ess2_4A_nov11.doc
http://ncea.tki.org.nz/content/download/4393/14273/file/ess2_4B_nov11.doc
Links
http://dsc.discovery.com/space/top-10/extreme-places/ Top 10 Extreme Environments
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4A8b5Um5V6A Extreme Environments Audio book
http://www.windows2universe.org/earth/extreme_environments.html Extreme Envs
http://www.calacademy.org/exhibits/xtremelife/life_on_earth.php Extreme Life
http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/NEEMO/index.html NASA Extr Env Missions Operation
http://www.studyit.org.nz/subjects/earth-space-sciences/earthspacesciences2/4/
powerpoint
NASA lists sci names of organisms not sure how much else but at good reading age
Deep sea extreme environment:
Have not started this unit yet but have been doing some research, below are some great sites that could be handy to watch as well as info and activities.

Google Doc logbook: accessible to SHC students
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