APES Activities & HW 2010-11 Sem. 2

01/26 Nuclear Energy (Three Mile Island; Chernobyl); Nuclear Fission/Fusion; hazards; Pollution associated with nuclear poser (thermal, radioactive waste); Yucca Mountain; Vitrification; Decommissioning of nuclear power plants
HW: Personal Energy Consumption Lab; Study for a test on Fossil Fuels (scheduled for Feb 1).


01/27 Nuclear Energy (Three Mile Island; Chernobyl); Nuclear Fission/Fusion; hazards; Pollution associated with nuclear poser (thermal, radioactive waste); Yucca Mountain; Vitrification; Decommissioning of nuclear power plants
HW: Personal Energy Consumption Lab; Study for a test on Fossil Fuels (scheduled for Feb 2).

01/28 Finish Nuclear Energy; Three Mile Island/Chernobyl; Storage of hazardous waste; Yucca Mountain; The politics of long-term storage; Alternative Energy Sources (overview,
HW: Study for a test




01/31 Finish Nuclear Energy; Alternative Energy Sources; Storage of hazardous waste; Yucca Mountain; The politics of long-term storage
HW: Study for a test

02/01 Test: Ch. 10 - Fossil Fuels ; I will be attending technology training all day; V:"More for Less" (Episode 6 from Race to Save the Planet)

02/02 Test: Ch. 10 - Fossil Fuels; V:"More for Less" (Episode 6 from Race to Save the Planet)

02/03 Alternative Energies (solar, solar hydrogen, hydroelectric, tidal power, wave power, wind energy, biomass, geothermal, fuel cells; Finish video: "More for Less" (discussing bagasse (Brazil), cogeneration (Denmark);HW: study for test on nuclear power and alternative energy sources for next Wed., 2/9;

02/04 Alternative Energies (solar, solar hydrogen, hydroelectric, tidal power, wave power, wind energy, biomass, geothermal, fuel cells; Finish video: "More for Less" (discussing bagasse (Brazil), cogeneration (Denmark);
HW: study for test on nuclear power and alternative energy sources for next Wed., 2/9;

02/07 Water as a Resource - Ch.13 Water - its availability and use; surface water; groundwater; aquifers and wells; flooding, droughts, wastewater treatment;
HW: Study for test; read Ch.13


02/08 Water as a Resource - Ch.13 Water - its availability and use; surface water; groundwater; aquifers and wells; flooding, droughts, wastewater treatment;
HW: Study for test; read Ch.13

02/09 Test Ch.11&12 - Nuclear Power and Alternative Energy; continue with discussion on water; Lab: Groundwater Contamination (I will provide copies for this lab).
HW13a(1,3,4,5); read Ch.13


02/10 Test Ch.11&12 - Nuclear Power and Alternative Energy; continue with discussion on water; Lab: Groundwater Contamination (I will provide copies for this lab). Personal Energy Consumption Lab will be due on Monday (2/14). You may turn it in today (Thursday), if it is complete.HW13a(1,3,4,5); read Ch.13


02/11 Personal Energy Consumption Lab due today for A-day classes. Groundwater Contamination Lab.

02/14 Personal Energy Consumption Lab due today for B-day classes. Groundwater Contamination Lab.

02/15 Quiz Ch.13; Finish discussion of water, wastewater treatment (briefly); Soils; Composition, weathering, texture, types;

02/16 Quiz Ch.13; Finish discussion of water, wastewater treatment (briefly); Soils; Composition, weathering, texture, types, erosion, fertilizers, reclamation, mass movement;


02/17 Soil Lab (soil texture by feel and fractionation); Soil - erosion,

02/18 Soil Lab (soil texture by feel and fractionation); Soil - erosion

02/21 Finish discussion of soils (erosion, soil conservation, no tillage, crop rotation, contour plowing, shelterbelts, strip cropping); desertification, salinization, waterlogging, soil pH; fertilizers (organic and inorganic); mass movement (rockslides, mud slides, etc.); V: Save the Earth, Feed the World

02/22 Finish discussion of soils (erosion, soil conservation, no tillage, crop rotation, contour plowing, shelterbelts, strip cropping); desertification, salinization, waterlogging, soil pH; fertilizers (organic and inorganic); mass movement (rockslides, mud slides, etc.); V: Save the Earth, Feed the World

02/23 Finish video on farming methods (V: Save the Earth, Feed the World); V: Waste Not - Want Not (recycling); Minerals

02/24 Finish video on farming methods (V: Save the Earth, Feed the World); V: Waste Not - Want Not (recycling); Minerals

02/25 Minerals; The General Mining Law of 1872; mineral classification, how they are formed; processing minerals; environmental impacts; restoration of mining lands;

02/28 Minerals; The General Mining Law of 1872; mineral classification, how they are formed; processing minerals; environmental impacts; restoration of mining lands;

03/01 Food; Nourishment; malnourishment, undernourishment, overnourishment; Marasmus, Kwashiorkor; General nutrition: Carbohydrates, proteins, fats, water, vitamins, minerals; Types of agriculture: Industrialized; subsistence, intensive; Slash and Burn; The Green Revolution; World Food Supply; Foods eaten in undeveloped countries (insects);

03/02 Food; Nourishment; malnourishment, undernourishment, overnourishment; Marasmus, Kwashiorkor; General nutrition: Carbohydrates, proteins, fats, water, vitamins, minerals; Types of agriculture: Industrialized; subsistence, intensive; Slash and Burn; The Green Revolution; World Food Supply; Foods eaten in undeveloped countries (insects);

03/03 Test Ch.13,14,15 - Water, soil and Minerals; Genetically Modified foods - as time allows;

03/04 Test Ch.13,14,15 - Water, soil and Minerals; Genetically Modified foods - as time allows;

03/07 Genetic Engineering; GMOs; Sustainable Agriculture; Environmental Impacts of Farming; Aquaculture. Final Exam: You will have two final exams: 1) the CMS Summative Exam, and 2) a teacher-made final exam; At the present time, the teacher-made exam will be given during the final exam week period. The CMS Summative will be administered shortly after the AP Exams (May 18/19??). For your final exam grade, you will receive the higher of the two grades. This final exam grade will count 25% of the course grade.

03/08 Genetic Engineering; GMOs; Sustainable Agriculture; Environmental Impacts of Farming; Aquaculture. Final Exam: You will have two final exams: 1) the CMS Summative Exam, and 2) a teacher-made final exam; At the present time, the teacher-made exam will be given during the final exam week period. The CMS Summative will be administered shortly after the AP Exams (May 18/19??). For your final exam grade, you will receive the higher of the two grades. This final exam grade will count 25% of the course grade.

03/09 A1: Pesticides; started V: "Tapped" - Issues surrounding bottled water; A3: V: "Tapped" - issues surrounding bottled water;

03/10 B1,B2: V: "Tapped" - issues surrounding bottled water;

03/11 A1: Finished "Tapped"; discussed earthquake in Japan; Video segments on pesticides that we didn't watch the other day. A3: Pesticides; risks to humans; advantages and disadvantages; Pesticide Treadmill; Other means of pest control; Types of Pesticides: chlorinated HCs, phenoxy compounds, etc.
HW: Study for test on Food and Pesticides - Thursday, March 17; Ch.18 & 22;

03/14 Aquaculture; Pesticides; risks to humans; advantages and disadvantages; Pesticide Treadmill; Other means of pest control; Types of Pesticides: chlorinated HCs, phenoxy compounds, etc.
HW: Study for test on Food and Pesticides - Friday, March 18; Ch.18 & 22;

03/15 Air Pollution; V: #3: Do We Really Want To Live This Way? - Part 1 - Air Pollution; Brief discussion of the earthquake/tsunami that struck Japan earlier this week; stationery and mobile sources; primary and secondary pollutants; particulate matter; volatile hydrocarbons; primary air pollutants and sources; photochemical smog;

03/16 Air Pollution; V: #3: Do We Really Want To Live This Way? - Part 1 - Air Pollution; Brief discussion of the earthquake/tsunami that struck Japan earlier this week; stationery and mobile sources; primary and secondary pollutants; particulate matter; volatile hydrocarbons; primary air pollutants and sources; photochemical smog;

03/17 Test: Ch. 18&22 - Food and Pesticides; V: Ozone - Double Trouble

03/18 No School; Teacher Workday!

03/21 Test: Ch. 18&22 - Food and Pesticides; V: Ozone - Double Trouble

03/22 Smog - photochemical and industrial; Indoor air pollution; Health Effects of air Pollution; Technologies to reduce air pollution; V: The Search for Clean Air (first 15 min.)

03/23 Smog - photochemical and industrial; Indoor air pollution; Health Effects of air Pollution; Technologies to reduce air pollution; V: The Search for Clean Air (first 15 min.)


03/24 Finish Video: "The Search for Clean Air"; Climate Change - Greenhouse Effect (sl.1-20); distributed handout for "Environmental Chemistry"; The curve for the last test (Ch.18,22) is 6 pts. So add 6 pts. to the grade I gave you in class.

03/25 Finish Video: "The Search for Clean Air"; Climate Change - Greenhouse Effect (sl.1-20); distributed handout for "Environmental Chemistry"; The curve for the last test (Ch.18,22) is 6 pts. So add 6 pts. to the grade I gave you in class.

03/28 Finish Global Warming / Kyoto Protocol; Ozone Depletion / Montreal Protocol; atmospheric gases involved; Problems associated with both situations (Skin cancer, cataracts, severe climate change; drought, floods, hutticanes,...) Started "An Inconvenient Truth"; Good News! The tour of the McAlpine Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant is scheduled for April 14-15; We will leave at 9:00 AM on two school buses and arrive back at school at around 12:30 - just in time for 4th block!

03/29 Finish Global Warming / Kyoto Protocol; Ozone Depletion / Montreal Protocol; atmospheric gases involved; Problems associated with both situations (Skin cancer, cataracts, severe climate change; drought, floods, hutticanes,...) Started "An Inconvenient Truth"; Good News! The tour of the McAlpine Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant is scheduled for April 14-15; We will leave at 9:00 AM on two school buses and arrive back at school at around 12:30 - just in time for 4th block!

03/30 Finish "An Inconvenient Truth"; Continue with Water Pollution

03/31 Finish "An Inconvenient Truth"; Continue with Water Pollution

04/01 Teacher workday!

04/04 Finish Water Pollution

04/05 Finish Water Pollution

04/06 Test Ch.19 and 20 - Air Pollution / Climate Change;

04/07 Test Ch.19 and 20 - Air Pollution / Climate Change

04/08 Solid and Hazardous Waste (Ch.23);

04/11 Solid and Hazardous Waste (Ch.23);

04/12 V: Love Canal; Write a reflection paper on your thoughts about the events that took place.

04/13 V: Love Canal; Write a reflection paper on your thoughts about the events that took place.

04/14 Tour of McAlpine Creek Wastewater Treatment Facility; We will meet in the bus parking lot immediately following homeroom (9:00). Those not going to the WWTP will have an alternative assignment. Be sure to wear close-toed shoes (NO flip flops!). We will be walking around the plant for a good two hours. Dress appropriately. Go to Room 216 (Ms. Duncan's room) during 3rd block. A1: Ebola - The Plague Fighters

04/15 Tour of McAlpine Creek Wastewater Treatment Facility; We will meet in the bus parking lot immediately following first block (9:00).Those not going to the WWTP will have an alternative assignment. Be sure to wear close-toed shoes (NO flip flops!). We will be walking around the plant for a good two hours. Dress appropriately. Go to Room 216 (Ms. Duncan's room) during 2rd block. B1: Ebola - The Plague Fighters

04/18-22 - SPRING BREAK; EARTH DAY April 22, 2011; If you have the time and want some review questions to work on, check out the HW questions for chapters 18-24 on the HW page. Enjoy your break, but don't forget you have AP Exams upon your return as well as all your other classes. For your information: Yucca Mountain will NOT be used as a final repository for nuclear waste from reactors.

04/25 Check out: http://www.epa.gov/apti/course422/ap.html; Good information on Air Pollution from the EPA.
Climate Change: http://earththeoperatorsmanual.com/broadcast_info; I'll show this in class if I can.

04/26 Practice AP Exam; This test will count as a test grade.

04/27 Practice AP Exam; This test will count as a test grade.

04/28 Review Practice AP Exam

04/29 Review Practice AP Exam

05/02 APES Exam (AM)

05/03 Group Project: Land-Use Activity (groups of 4); We will work on this project throughout the two AP Exam weeks (May 3 - May 13). We will present projects to the class the following week. The specific day(s) for presentations will be determined next week. This project is worth 2 test grades (200 pts.). Each group member is expected to contribute fully to the group effort. Your project will be evaluated based on a reasonable balance between development of the land and preservation. Remember, this is an environmental science class. Since this is a two-week project, your product should reflect two weeks of effort. Each group member will grade/rate each other member of the group with respect to participation (as will I). Neatness counts, as does accuracy and correctness of you county design. Remember, you must be able to defend you land-use design.

05/04 Group Project: Land-Use Activity (groups of 4); We will work on this project throughout the two AP Exam weeks (May 3 - May 13). We will present projects to the class the following week. The specific day(s) for presentations will be determined next week. This project is worth 2 test grades (200 pts.). Each group member is expected to contribute fully to the group effort. Your project will be evaluated based on a reasonable balance between development of the land and preservation. Remember, this is an environmental science class. Since this is a two-week project, your product should reflect two weeks of effort. Each group member will grade/rate each other member of the group with respect to participation (as will I). Neatness counts, as does accuracy and correctness of you county design. Remember, you must be able to defend you land-use design.

05/05 Group Project: Land-Use Activity; Think about if you (small group) would like to make a video for class credit.

05/06 Group Project: Land-Use Activity; Think about if you (small group) would like to make a video for class credit.

05/09 Group Project: Land-Use Activity

05/10 Group Project: Land-Use Activity

05/11 Group Project: Land-Use Activity

05/12 Group Project: Land-Use Activity

05/13 Group Project: Land-Use Activity

05/16 Group Project: Finalize

05/17 Group Project: Finalize

05/18 Group Project: Presentations

05/19 Group Project: Presentations

05/20 EXAM Review

05/23 EXAM Review

05/24 CMS Summative Exam

05/25 CMS Summative Exam

05/26 B1 Final Exam; B2: Planet Earth #1

05/27 A1 and A3 Final Exams

05/31 B2 Final Exam; B1: From the Earth to the Moon #10 - "Galileo Was Right"

06/01 Finish cleaning the classroom of projects and ecosystems;
A1 and A3: From the Earth to the Moon #7 - "That's All There Is"

06/02 4x4 Block 1 Exam

06/03 4x4 Block 2 Exam

06/06 4x4 Block 3 Exam

06/07 4x4 Block 4 Exam

06/08 Regular School Day

06/09 Regular School Day

06/10 Q4 Ends