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WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND!

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Activity #1: EXPLORING THE NITROGEN CYCLE

You will explore the Nitrogen Cycle by watching a few animations and video. Make your own note by focusing on the name of the processes, what happens in each process, the microorganism responsible for each process and the significance of this cycle to life on earth.

Scroll down to Resources and click on Resource 1 to watch an animation of the Nitrogen Cycle. After watching the first animation, click on Resource 2 and Resource 3 to watch the second animation and the video on Nitrogen Cycle if you still want to learn more about this cycle.

Once you have read watched the animations and video, find out how well you understand the Nitrogen Cycle by attempting Quiz #1 and Quiz #2.

For further readings on this concept, click on the readings in Resource 9 and 10.

Activity #2: HUMAN ACTIVITIES ENDANGERING THE NITROGEN CYCLE

In this activity, you will study about some of the human activities that may affect the Nitrogen Cycle. An imbalance in the Nitrogen Cycle has been found to have drastic environmental and health effects. Download Resource 6 which is an article that reports the various human activities that’s endangering the Nitrogen Cycle. Also download Worksheet 1 (Resource 7) and fill it in using the information from the article. Study carefully the human activities reported in the article and the consequences it entails.

When you have completed Worksheet 1, download the Marking Key (Resource 8) and evaluate how well you master the effect of the stated human activities on your environment.

 Activity #3: NEWS REPORT – “BLUE BABY SYNDROME”

You are required to carry out a journalistic task where you will investigate and write a short report on the case of “Bluebabies”. Read through Resource 11 which reports a case of elevated number of bluebabies in Gaza. Study the causes of this health disorder by reading through Article 3 and Article 4 (Resource 12 and Resource 13) and write a report to be published on this week’s newspaper to help raise the awareness of your community on the causes and symptoms of bluebabies.

Your news report must show clearly how the nitrogen cycle and balance in your ecosystem is related to causing “Blue-baby Syndrome”.

Once you have written your news report, download the Marking Criteria in Resource 14 and check your report against the criteria of a good newsreport that will raise public awareness of this issue.

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