At the Apex - Unit of Study

At the Apex

Unit Essential Question

Why are we fascinated with predators, and how does understanding them help us to better understand ourselves?

High-Interest Article: “Untamed”

How does the uneasy balance of fear and fascination impact our relationship with predators? One man’s enthrallment with grizzlies led to devastating consequences, while learning how to live with gators is just part of life in Florida.

Technical Article: “Tangled Web”

Life at the top can be dangerous! This article explores the integral role predators play in the ecosystem and the impact on the environment when they are gone. Additionally, readers learn about efforts to conserve some of the world’s more vulnerable predators—sharks and wolves

Data Integration

Examine data regarding leading causes of accidental death and common phobias to determine if our fears are supported by evidence. Students will conclude this unit by answering the essential question: Why are we fascinated with predators, and how does understanding them help us to better understand ourselves?

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