Course Description


The AP Environmental Science course is the equivalent of a one-semester, introductory college course in environmental science, through which students engage with the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships of the natural world. The course requires that students identify and analyze natural and human-made environmental problems, evaluate the relative risks associated with these problems, and examine alternative solutions for resolving or preventing them. Environmental science is interdisciplinary, embracing topics from geology, biology, environmental studies, environmental science, chemistry, and geography.

Online Textbook Link
How to get a 5 on the APES exam

Weeks 1 and 2






Article for week one of school:
How Trump is Changing the Environment









Exam Format


Calculators are not permitted on the exam.
Section I
Multiple Choice — 100 Questions | 1 Hour, 30 Minutes | 60% of Exam Score

  • Individual questions
  • Questions in sets
Section II
Free Response — 4 Questions | 1 Hour, 30 Minutes | 40% of Exam Score

  • Data Set (1 question)
  • Document-Based Question (1 question)
  • Synthesis and Evaluation (2 questions)

Please note: our in class unit exams will be 60 multiple choice questions and 1 FRQ in 90 minutes. You have 22.5 minutes for each FRQ, and 54 seconds for each multiple choice question. Pacing will be important, extra time will not be given in order to prepare you for the AP Exam. These exams will make up 80% of your overall class grade.

Textbook

"Environment, The Science Behind the Stories," 5th Edition, AP Edition, written by Withgott and Laposata, published by Pearson in 2014




Course Calendar




Course Outline

Summer Assignment


Please be sure to follow the due dates on the summer assignment below.
My email address is msbabbey@gmail.com

Your information for each law should be brief, maybe 2 sentences, like this fake example: In 1989, the Babbey Law was enacted by Congress; it requires that all high school students in the US take 4 years of science. It is overseen by the US Department of Education, and relates to Unit 2 of APES.

Please cite your sources or include a reference page (or you will lose points for plagiarism)






1: Ecology/Earth Science

Biomes, Cycles, Succession, Ecosystems, Food Webs, Biodiversity
Chapters 1-5, 11

Chapter 1






Warm-up Article

Video:
Environmental Science

Chapter 2







Videos:
Geology
Energy Flow in Ecosystems


Chapter 3







Cane Toads: An unnatural history


Videos:
Population Ecology
Ecosystem Diversity
Natural Selection
Speciation and Extinction



Chapter 4


Warm-ups:
Invasive carp: NPR: Asian carp and the Great Lakes
Yellowstone Wolves:
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Chapter 4 Intro Activity:









Links for the WQ:
https://www.invasivespeciesinfo.gov/whatis.shtml
https://www.invasivespeciesinfo.gov/news/hotissues-climate-change.shtml

Videos:
Ecosystems
Energy Flow
Populations
11 Worst Invasive Species

Chapter 5





Lots of videos:
Feedback loops
San Diego Watershed
Invasive Mussels
15 rare and endangered species
Protecting our local watersheds
Environmental Systems
Ecosystem Ecology
Biogeochemical Cycles


Chapter 11



And some more videos:
Ecosystem Diversity
Natural Ecosystem Change
Biodiversity
Loss of Biodiversity

Unit 1 Review



2. Human Populations

History, Laws, Economics, Human populations, Urban areas
Chapters 6, 7, 8, 13

Chapter 6

Warm-ups:
John Muir
Henry David Thoreau
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Intro Activity: test corrections
For each multiple choice question you missed, please
1. write the question
2. write the correct answer
3. explain, in one sentence, why this answer is correct (or why you got it wrong)




Chapter 6 Activity: Tragedy of the Commons


Videos:
Environmental Economics
Tragedy of the Commons

Chapter 7

Intro Activity: Current Event




Project: Fracking Article Analysis


Videos:
Environmental Laws
Fracking Explained
How Does Fracking Work?
Understanding Fracking

Chapter 8

Intro activity, FRQs:









Videos:
Human Population Dynamics
Human population size
Population Pyramids
How to Read a Population Pyramid

Chapter 13






Video:
Human population impacts
Urbanization and the Future of Cities
Built to Last



Unit 2 Review Guide:


3. Land

Agriculture, Forests, Land, Soil
Chapters 9, 10, 12

Chapter 9





Soil and Soil Dynamics
Soil Triangle Practice


Chapter 10

Intro Article: A Tiny Country Feeds the World, Nat Geo, 2017







Agriculture
NPR article about GMOs

Chapter 12




Forestry and Rangelands
Land Use

Review:


Winter Break


Park you have been assigned:


4. Water

Fisheries, Policies, Pollution, Oceanography
Chapters 15 and 16

Chapter 15



Videos
Water Resources


Chapter 16

Biomagnification:

Biomagnification and the Trouble with Toxins




Fishing
Water Pollution
El Nino - La Nina
El Nino 101

Review



5. Air

Atmosphere, Pollution, Greenhouse gases
Chapters 17 and 18

Chapter 17
The Atmosphere
Air Pollution
Stratospheric Ozone


Chapter 18
Coriolis Effect



Global Climate Change

6. Waste

Toxicology, Waste, Mining
Chapters 14, 22, and 23

Videos
Mining
Solid Waste
Health Impacts of Pollution

7. Energy

Fossil fuels, Alternative energy
Chapters 19, 20, and 21

Videos
Energy Concepts
Energy Consumption
Fossil Fuels
Nuclear Energy
Hydroelectric Power
Energy Reduction
Renewable Energy

8. Sustainability

Chapter 24

Videos
Global Climate Change
Loss of Biodiversity

Review

How to get a 5 on the APES exam
Quick study card

Suggested Reading


"Animal, Vegetable, Miracle," by Barbara Kingsolver
"The Sixth Extinction," by Elizabeth Kolbert
"Silent Spring," by Rachel Carson
"Gathering Moss," by Robin Wall Kimmerer
"Desert Solitaire," by Edward Abbey
"The Hidden Life of Trees," by Peter Wohlleben
"Blue Mind," by Wallace Nichols