What are the biggest killers of people in the U.S. today? What is the dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico? How can these two seemingly disparate problems possibly be connected? This unit is designed as a case study, presenting students with an authentic problem. The problem is a doorway for students to explore the connection between a major issue in the U.S. (diet-related disease) and a recurring ecological disaster: the dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico. Through hands-on, experiential learning, students will explore these contrasting questions as they engage in uncovering various causes and solutions.
Recommended for grades 9 and up.