APES UNIT VII

Unit 7: Environmental Concerns 2 Classes

Unit Goal: The goal of this unit is to increase the student’s understanding of the Earth’s need for high biodiversity and what steps people can take to help reduce the loss of species.

Chapter 16: Preserving Earth’s Biological Diversity

A. Content

  1. What is biodiversity
  2. Why is high biodiversity desirable
  3. Endangered and Extinct Species
  4. Human causes of loss of species (extinction) – habitat fragmentation, alien species, pollution, exploitation
  5. Conservation policies and laws – Endangered Species Act (1973)
  6. Wildlife Management
  7. What people can do about the decline in biological diversity

B. Activities

1. Video: Endangered Species
2. Activity: “Environmental Laws Your Should Know” – in-class research
C. Assignments
1. Read Chapter 16;
2. Online Quiz
3. HW#16, b, c

Chapter 17: Land Resources and Conservation

A. Content

  1. The importance of natural areas
  2. Wilderness
  3. National Parks
  4. Wildlife Refuges
  5. Forests
  6. Rangelands
  7. Wetlands
  8. Agricultural Lands
  9. Suburban sprawl and urbanization
  10. Land Use and Conservation of our Land Resources

B. Activities

1. Group Project: Land-Use Planning (7.5 hrs) – done during the two weeks of AP Exams.
C. Assignments
1. Read Chapter 17;
2. Online Quiz
3. HW#17a, b
Assessment: Ch. 16 & 17 - Environmental Concerns