08/25 Course purpose, class rules, roster, distribute books, discuss course, class web page, projects (Independent Research (Fall) WWTP (Spring));
HW: Read Ch. 1; do HW#1a(2,3,9); familiarize yourself with the class web page; Get a copy of the Power of Doubling and Controls and Variables (on APES Labs page) and the Scientific Method. Also print the class prospectus and the Lab Safety Contract, read them over with your parents, sign and return them to me.

08/26 Course purpose, class rules, roster, distribute books, discuss course, class web page, projects (Fall and Spring); FISH!
HW: Read Ch. 1; do HW#1a(2,3,9) ; familiarize yourself with the class web page; Get a copy of the Power of Doubling and Controls and Variables and the Scientific Method. Also print the class prospectus and the Lab Safety Contract, read them over with your parents, sign and return them to me.

08/29 Submit HW#1a; PreTest;
HW: HW#1b(5,6,8);

08/30 Submit HW#1a; PreTest;
HW: HW#1b(5,6,8);

08/31 Submit HW#1b; Q01a; Lab: Power of Doubling;
HW: HW#1c(4,10,11);

09/01 Submit HW#1b; Q01a; Lab: Power of Doubling;
HW: HW#1c(4,10,11);

09/02 Q01b; V: The Lorax; Ch. 1 discussion

09/05 Labor Day. No School

09/06 Q01b; V: The Lorax; Ch. 1 discussion; Earth Day; What is a Commons?; What is Environmental Science?; Sustainability; Impact of People on the Environment; Human Population Growth; Exponential Growth; Logistic Growth

09/07 V: The Environmental Revolution; Homone Disruptors; Synergism and Antagonism; Habitat fragmentation;
HW: You should have a copy of the Controls and Variables activity from earlier in the year. Bring it to your next class

09/08 V: The Environmental Revolution; Homone Disruptors; Synergism and Antagonism; Habitat fragmentation;
HW: You should have a copy of the Controls and Variables activity from earlier in the year. Bring it to your next class

09/09 Variables and Controls; Overfishing; Habitat Fragmentation; Endangered Species Act of 1973; Invasive Species; Global Warming; Ozone Depletion; Rain Forest Destruction; Key Terms to Know; Pollution; World Views (2)

09/12 Variables and Controls; Overfishing; Habitat Fragmentation; Endangered Species Act of 1973; Invasive Species; Global Warming; Ozone Depletion; Rain Forest Destruction;

09/13 Key Terms to Know; Pollution; World Views (2); Ch. 2 discussion: Scientific Method, Risk, Cost Benefit, Toxicology, Dose-Response Curves;
HW: 2a(2,4,5,6)

09/14 Key Terms to Know; Pollution; World Views (2); Ch. 2 discussion: Scientific Method, Risk, Cost Benefit, Toxicology, Dose-Response Curves;
HW: 2a(2,4,5,6)

09/15 Tragedy of the Commons (The Oceans Resources Game)
HW: Review the status of your country so we can finalize the treaty on Monday; HW2b(7,8,9,10);

09/16 Tragedy of the Commons (The Oceans Resources Game)
HW: Review the status of your country so we can finalize the treaty on Monday; HW2b(7,8,9,10)

09/19 Finalize Tragedy of the Commons (The Oceans Resources Game); Risk, Cost Benefit, Toxicology, Dose-Response Curves;

09/20 Finalize Tragedy of the Commons (The Oceans Resources Game); Risk, Cost Benefit, Toxicology, Dose-Response Curves;

09/21 Quiz; EMFs and radiation; Biological Hazards (transmissible and nontransmissible); Demographic transition; Risk Analysis - limitations; Cos-Benefit Analysis; Tragedy of the Commons video segment from DE.

09/22 Quiz; EMFs and radiation; Biological Hazards (transmissible and nontransmissible); Demographic transition; Risk Analysis - limitations; Cos-Benefit Analysis; Tragedy of the Commons video segment from DE.

09/23 Ch. 3 - History and Legislation; Early Conservationists: Teddy Roosevelt; Major events in conservation; Environmental Movement: 1970s-1990s; Legislation; Marginal Cost of Pollution; Marginal Cost of Pollution Abatement;

09/26 Ch. 3 - History and Legislation; Early Conservationists: Teddy Roosevelt; Major events in conservation; Environmental Movement: 1970s-1990s; Legislation; Marginal Cost of Pollution; Marginal Cost of Pollution Abatement;
HW: You will need five(5) 2-Liter clear, colorless, smooth plastic soda bottles (Pepsi/Coke/...) for each group. You will work in groups of 4 (you will pick your own groups for this activity). In class I will give you a list of other supplies you will need. In the meantime, save your soda bottles, or ask your neighbors before recycle day.

09/27 V#10: "It's Now or Never" (Race to Save the Planet");
HW: You will need five(5) 2-Liter clear, colorless, smooth plastic soda bottles (Pepsi/Coke/...) for each group. You will work in groups of 4 (you will pick your own groups for this activity). In class I will give you a list of other supplies you will need. In the meantime, save your soda bottles, or ask your neighbors before recycle day.
HW#3a(2,3,4)

09/28 V#10: "It's Now or Never" (Race to Save the Planet");
HW: You will need five(5) 2-Liter clear, colorless, smooth plastic soda bottles (Pepsi/Coke/...) for each group. You will work in groups of 4 (you will pick your own groups for this activity). In class I will give you a list of other supplies you will need. In the meantime, save your soda bottles, or ask your neighbors before recycle day.
HW#3a(2,3,4)

09/29 Web Page Project; How to build your web page using MS Word
HW#3b(5,6,8); Study for test


09/30 Web Page Project; How to build your web page using MS Word
HW#3b(5,6,8); Study for test


10/03 Test Ch. 1,2,3; - Intro to Environmental Science, Using Science in ES Problems, History, Legislation and Economics; Ch. 4; Ecosystems; laws of Thermodynamics; Flow of Energy


10/04 Test Ch. 1,2,3; - Intro to Environmental Science, Using Science in ES Problems, History, Legislation and Economics; Ch. 4; Ecosystems; laws of Thermodynamics; Flow of Energy


10/05 (A1) Briefly discussed the Ecosystem Project; Ch. 4 Notes: Ecosystems; Ecology and Life (organisms, communities, populations,) Earth's Life Support System (open and closed); Energy flow (ecological efficiency); Nutrient cycles - overview); Biomes and Aquatic Life Zones; Limiting Factors / Law of Tolerance; Producers - Consumers - Decomposers; Pyramids (energy, numbers, biomass); Productivity (gross and net);

10/06 (B2) Work in Media Center on Independent Research Project;

10/07 (A1) Work in Media Center on Independent Research Project;
HW: HW#4a(1,5,6)

10/10 (B2) Briefly discussed the Ecosystem Project; Ch. 4 Notes: Ecosystems; Ecology and Life (organisms, communities, populations,) Earth's Life Support System (open and closed); Energy flow (ecological efficiency); Nutrient cycles - overview); Biomes and Aquatic Life Zones; Limiting Factors / Law of Tolerance; Producers - Consumers - Decomposers; Pyramids (energy, numbers, biomass); Productivity (gross and net);
HW: HW#4a(1,5,6)

10/11 HW: HW#4b(8,9,10); Build Ecosystems

10/12 HW: HW#4b(8,9,10); Build Ecosystems

10/13; Finish Building ecosystems;
HW: HW#5a(1,2,3,4);

10/14 Finish Building ecosystems;
HW: HW#5a(1,2,3,4) ;

10/17 Water testing - Ecosystem (esp. DO); Begin material on Ecosystems and Living Organisms (Ch.5); The Five Kingdoms; Classificatin, species, Evolutino (micro- and macro-); natural selection; coevolution; niche and habitat; speciation;
Leaf Litter Lab Day 2 - Analysis of Samples; Shannon-Weiner Index
HW: HW#5b(5,6,7,8); Get copies of the Leaf Litter Lab and the Natural Selection Lab

10/18 Water testing - Ecosystem (esp. DO); Begin material on Ecosystems and Living Organisms (Ch.5); The Five Kingdoms; Classificatin, species, Evolutino (micro- and macro-); natural selection; coevolution; niche and habitat; speciation;
HW: HW#5b(5,6,7,8); Get copies of the Leaf Litter Lab and the Natural Selection Lab

10/19 Ecosystem Testing; V: Great Transformations

10/20 Ecosystem Testing; V: Great Transformations

10/21 Leaf Litter Lab - Day 1 (Set up); Ch. 5 - Ecosystems and Living Organisms; Extinction; Started discussion of Plate Tectonics;

10/24 L: Natural Selection; If you want to receive periodic emails concerning this class, click hereto enter your email address. Your parents can also sign up if they want.

10/25 Leaf Litter Lab Day 2 - Analysis of Samples; Shannon-Weiner Index; If you want to receive periodic emails concerning this class, click hereto enter your email address. Your parents can also sign up if they want.
Ecological niche (fundamental and realized); Generalists vs. specialists; Types of species (native, alien, indicator, keystone); Species Intreractions (Interspecific competition, predation); Symbiosis (mutualism, parasitism, commensalism); Resource Partitioning; succession (primary and secondary); Stability and Sustainability;

10/26 Ecosystem Testing; V: Extinction; If you want to receive periodic emails concerning this class, click hereto enter your email address. Your parents can also sign up if they want.

10/27 Ecosystem Testing; V: Extinction; If you want to receive periodic emails concerning this class, click hereto enter your email address. Your parents can also sign up if they want.

10/28 Teacher Workday - No School

10/31 Leaf Litter Lab - Day 1 (Set up); Ch. 5 - Ecosystems and Living Organisms; Extinction; Plate Tectonics; Ecological niche (fundamental and realized); Generalists vs. specialists; Types of species (native, alien, indicator, keystone); Species Intreractions (Interspecific competition, predation); Symbiosis (mutualism, parasitism, commensalism); Resource Partitioning; succession (primary and secondary); Stability and Sustainability;

11/01 L: Natural Selection (use of the Chi square table);

11/02 Leaf Litter Lab Day 2 - Analysis of Samples; Simpson Biodiversity Index; Shannon-Weiner Biodiversity Index

11/03 V: Cane Toads (alien species); Finish discussion of Ch. 5 - Plate Tectonics; Niches: fundamental and realized; Generalists vs specialists; Non-native, indicator and keystone species; interspecific competition; types of symbiosis: parasitism, mutualism and commensalism; endo- and ecto-parasites; competition and resource partitioning; primary and secondary succession; Habitat fragmentation - leading cause of species extinction;

11/04 V: Cane Toads (alien species); Finish discussion of Ch. 5 - Plate Tectonics; Niches: fundamental and realized; Generalists vs specialists; Non-native, indicator and keystone species; interspecific competition; types of symbiosis: parasitism, mutualism and commensalism; endo- and ecto-parasites; competition and resource partitioning; primary and secondary succession; Habitat fragmentation - leading cause of species extinction;

11/07 Finish Cane Toads; V: What Darwin Never Saw (natural selection, resource partitioning on Daphne Island, Galapagos);
HW: HW#6a(1,2,4,5)

11/08 V: What Darwin Never Saw (natural selection, resource partitioning on Daphne Island, Galapagos);
HW: HW#6a(1,2,4,5)

11/09 Tested Ecosystem water; Ch. 6 - Ecosystems and the Physical Environment: Gaia Principle; Biogeochemical Cycles (Carbon, Sulfur, water, nitrogen, phophorus); The atmosphere (layers, weather, climate);
HW: HW#6b(6,7,8)

11/10 Tested Ecosystem water; Ch. 6 - Ecosystems and the Physical Environment: Gaia Principle; Biogeochemical Cycles (Carbon, Sulfur, water, nitrogen, phophorus); The atmosphere (layers, weather, climate);
HW: HW#6b(6,7,8)

11/11 Holiday - No School


11/14 Test water in Ecosystems; Air circulation patterns; Halley cells, Ferrell cells, Polar cells; Trade winds; Doldrums; Horse Latitudes; Easterlies, Westerlies, Polar Easterlies; Coriolis Effect; Greenhouse Effect; El Nino and La Nina; upwelling; Adiabatic Expansion (cooling) and Adiabatic Compression (heating); North Pacific Gyre (Trash heap);

11/15 Test water in Ecosystems; Air circulation patterns; Halley cells, Ferrell cells, Polar cells; Trade winds; Doldrums; Horse Latitudes; Easterlies, Westerlies, Polar Easterlies; Coriolis Effect; Greenhouse Effect; El Nino and La Nina; upwelling; Adiabatic Expansion (cooling) and Adiabatic Compression (heating); North Pacific Gyre (Trash heap);

11/16 Salinity of the oceans; Air masses; Weather fronts (cold and warm); Thunderstorms, tornadoes and hurricanes; Earth's biomes; Koppen Classification System;

11/17 Salinity of the oceans; Air masses; Weather fronts (cold and warm); Thunderstorms, tornadoes and hurricanes; Earth's biomes; Koppen Classification System;

11/18 Aquatic Ecosystems (factors that affect them); Life zones in the oceans; Estuaries and coastal wetlands; Barrier Islands; Coral Reefs; Freshwater life zones (lakes); Oligotrophic and eutrophic; Overturning of lakes (spring and fall); Streams and Rivers; watersheds; Freshwater wetlands;

11/21 Aquatic Ecosystems (factors that affect them); Life zones in the oceans; Estuaries and coastal wetlands; Barrier Islands; Coral Reefs; Freshwater life zones (lakes); Oligotrophic and eutrophic; Overturning of lakes (spring and fall); Streams and Rivers; watersheds; Freshwater wetlands;

11/22 Populations

11/23-25 Thanksgiving Holiday

11/28 Populations

11/29 Test: Ch. 4-5 Ecosystems

11/30 Test: Ch. 4-5 Ecosystems

12/01 Test: Ch. 6-7 Ecosystems

12/02 Test: Ch. 6-7 Ecosystems.
HW: get copies of the following activities;

12/05 Select Groups for UN Debate on Zero Population Growth; Populations; Earth's population size; P2-P1 = (B+I) - (D+E); Crude Birth Rates (CBR) and Crude Death Rates (CDR); V: Polulation size, sampling, Hong Kong, Taiwan; Factors Affecting population size; density-dependent (communicable disease)and density-independent factors (natural disasters); Fertility Rates; Birth and Death Rates over time; WS: Growth Rates (calculations of r, doubling time, and populations;
HW: Complete WS: Growth Rates for HW to turn in on Wed., 12/07;
HW: get copies of the following activities;

12/06 Select Groups for UN Debate on Zero Population Growth; Populations; Earth's population size; P2-P1 = (B+I) - (D+E); Crude Birth Rates (CBR) and Crude Death Rates (CDR); V: Polulation size, sampling, Hong Kong, Taiwan; Factors Affecting population size; density-dependent (communicable disease)and density-independent factors (natural disasters); Fertility Rates; Birth and Death Rates over time; WS: Growth Rates (calculations of r, doubling time, and populations;
HW: Complete WS: Growth Rates for HW to turn in on Thurs., 12/08;
HW: get copies of the following activities;

12/07 Select groups for Power of the Pyramids activity; Age Structure Diagrams; Demographic Transition; Work on Population Pyramid
HW: Finish Population Pyramid (if needed);

12/08 Research for UN Debate (in Media Center)

12/09 Research for UN Debate (in Media Center)

12/12 Select groups for Power of the Pyramids activity; Age Structure Diagrams; Demographic Transition; Work on Population Pyramid
HW: Finish Population Pyramid (if needed);

12/13

12/14 UN Debate in Media Center; If you are absent for the debate, your assignment is to write (typed) a one page opinion of ZPG from the standpoint of your assigned country.

12/15 UN Debate in Media Center; If you are absent for the debate, your assignment is to write (typed) a one page opinion of ZPG from the standpoint of your assigned country.

12/16 Independent Research Projects due today if you want the grade for Second Grading Period; brief discussion of the debate; V#9: "It needs Political Decisions" - Zimbabwe, Thailand, Sweden;

12/17-01/01 Christmas Break

01/02 V#9: "It needs Political Decisions" - Zimbabwe, Thailand, Sweden;

01/03 Lab: Power of the Pyramids - in the Media Center

01/04 Lab: Power of the Pyramids - in the Media Center

01/05 Practice Essay - Population Pyramids

01/06 Practice Essay - Population Pyramids

01/09 Begin Energy Unit: Renewable and Nonrenewable Energy; Net Energy Ratio; Fossil Fuels; Energy use and consumption; Petroleum: primary, secondary and tertiary recovery; Structural traps (anticlines); Formation of Petroleum; Refineries/Processing of crude oil; OPEC;
HW: get copy of Personal Energy Consumption Lab;

01/10 Begin Energy Unit: Renewable and Nonrenewable Enrgy; Net Energy Ratio; Fossil Fuels; Energy use and consumption; Petroleum: primary, secondary and teriary recovery; Structural traps (anticlines); Formation of Petroleum; Refineries/Processing of crude oil; OPEC;
HW: get copy of Personal Energy Consumption Lab;

01/11 Pollutants associated with the use and combustion of fossil fuels (oil): SO2, NOx, CH4, Hg, CO2, water pollution, solid waste; Sources of oil (in U.S., OPEC; the OPEC Embargo of 1973; Pros and Cons of using OIL; Oil Spills: Exxon Valdez, Gulf Oil Spill, 2010; WS: Eenrgy and Power
HW: Begin working of the Energy Consumption Lab

01/12 Pollutants associated with the use and combustion of fossil fuels (oil): SO2, NOx, CH4, Hg, CO2, water pollution, solid waste; Sources of oil (in U.S., OPEC; the OPEC Embargo of 1973; Pros and Cons of using OIL; Oil Spills: Exxon Valdez, Gulf Oil Spill, 2010; WS: Energy and Power
HW: Begin working of the Energy Consumption Lab

01/13 Block 1A Exam (Ch.1-9)

01/16 Holiday

01/17 Block 2B Exam (Ch.1-9)

01/18 Exams

01/19 Exams

01/20 Regular school day

01/23 Teacher Workday

01/24

01/25

01/26

01/27