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Environmental Science weekly guide

“(Environmental science is) an interdisciplinary field that integrates areas of life, physical and earth science to study and address problems facing the environment and to implement science-based solutions.” ~  Jill Nugent, Southern New Hampshire University

2019-2020

Environmental Science

Tues Sept 3-Fri Sept 6, 2019: First week of school

TBA: back-to-school activities and events.

Sept 9-13

Building a poster of the natural life of Massachusetts. Use both the common and scientific names, and noting the kingdom of life for each.

We’ll look at a few examples of land animals, sea mammals, seaweed, fish, crustaceans, plants [shrubs, flowers, trees], birds, bats, and flying insects

Sept 16-20

We’ll go through the history of life on Earth.

Resource: The Nature Timeline Wallbook, by Christopher Lloyd, Andy Forshaw
Sept 23-27

Mon: Classifying animals on the tree of life. Characteristics of animals. Major phyla of animals (phylum = group of organisms based on body plan.)

Tue: Classifying plants on the tree of life. Characteristics of plants. What molecules plants need and what molecules they produce/photosynthesis.

Wed: Classifying reptila, dinosaurs, birds, and reptiles

Thur: Classifying primates on the tree of life, including humans, hominids, apes, monkeys, and other primates.

Resource: The Variety of Life: A survey and a celebration of all the creatures that have ever lived, by Colin Tudge, OUP

Sept 30-Oct 4th

Characteristics of plants
* What makes plant cells different from our cells
* What molecules plants need, and what molecules they produce
* Types of plants and how they evolved.
* Microscope labs

Oct 7 -11

Lesson and resource: The Nature Timeline Wallbook. Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:
• interpret timelines
• relate information on a timeline to events in geology
• relate information on a timeline to events in earth’s climate
• relate information on a timeline to events in evolution by natural selection

Oct 14-18
Monday – No School, Columbus Day
Tue – Fri: Institute Week. Students select their own institute to work on.

Oct 21-25
Scientific classification. Dichotomous Key and Plant identification
Plant Identification Apps lab, using iNaturalist, PictureThis, Plantix, PlantNet, and Google Lens

Oct 28-Nov 1

What is ecology? What are ecosystems? Exploring them with augmented reality
WWF Rivers Augmented Reality app.

Nov 4-8

What is the job of DNA molecules, A-T, G-C pairing, double helix, genes, chromosomes, etc.

Nov 11-15

DNA transcription and translation. mRNA and tRNA.

Nov 18-22

Legendary Inventors. Using Eurogames to teach science.
Mon: Archimedes (287 – 212 BCE),, Aristotle, Hildegard of Bingen, Robert Boyle
Tue – Marie Curie, Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein, Leonardo Fibonacci
Wed – Benjamin Franklin, Galileo Galilei , Johannes Gutenberg, Hippocrates,
Thur – Hypatia (360-415 CE), Antoine Lavosier, Ada Lovelace, Isaac Newton,
Fri – Nicole Oresme, Blaise Pascal, Nikola tesla, James Watt

Nov 25-29
“MCAS High School Biology Sample Reference Sheet”, reviewing material from the beginning of the year towards now. 

Dec 2-6
The cycling of matter: The carbon cycle, How humans affect the carbon cycle.
The nitrogen cycle. How humans affect the nitrogen cycle.
The phosphorus cycle. How humans affect the phosphorus cycle.

Dec 9-13
Continuing:
The cycling of matter: The carbon cycle, How humans affect the carbon cycle.
The nitrogen cycle. How humans affect the nitrogen cycle.
The phosphorus cycle. How humans affect the phosphorus cycle.

Dec 16-20
Augmented reality in Earth science, studying the layers of the Earth; layers of the ocean; Earth and the inner planets of the solar system. The Sun, and the outer planets of the solar system.

Dec 23-27
Vacation week

January 2-3
Ecology: Limiting Factors, Niches
Worksheets from Glencoe Biology Reading Essentials, Chapter 2

January 6-10
Academic Fair: Students choose which teacher they will be working with for their project.

Jan 13-17
Ecology: Energy flows through ecosystems in one direction
Ecology: Benefits of biodiversity
Ecology: Human Influences on Biodiversity
Ecology: The roles of organisms, Autotrophs (producers)
Worksheets from Glencoe Biology Reading Essentials, Chapter 2

Jan 20-24
Ecology: Heterotrophs vs Autotrophs
Ecology: Herbivores, Carnivores, Omnivores
Ecology: Scavengers, Parasites, Decomposers
Worksheets from Glencoe Biology Reading Essentials, Chapter 2
And our website resource

Jan 27-31
Symbiosis: Types of relationships
Mutualism, Commensalism, Parasitism, Endosymbiosis, and Ectosymbiosis
Food chains & webs: Producers, Primary, secondary, and tertiary consumers
Worksheets from Glencoe Biology Reading Essentials, Chapter 2.

Feb 3-7

Reading an article about the use of natural resources. Reading science texts to find supporting evidence. Evaluating the strength of an argument. Learning how to read and graph data tables. Learning how to analyze data from this dataset. Learning how to read data from maps.

Feb 10-14
Planetary Wind Belts
Day 028 – GIFtionary(Planetary Wind Belts / Coriolis Effect)
Day 029 – GIFtionary (Effects of Mountains on Climate)
Day 030 – GIFtionary (Effects of Oceans on Climate)
Day 033 – GIFtionary (Atmospheric Temperature Zones)
Day 035 – GIFtionary (Electromagnetic Spectrum)
Day 037 – GIFtionary (Volcanoes and Climate)
Day 038 – GIFtionary (The Ozone layer)
Day 045 – GIFtionary (Porosity)
Day 046 – GIFtionary (Permeability and Flooding)
Day 047 – GIFtionary (Direct and Inverse Relationships)
Day 048 – GIFtionary (Physical Weathering)
Day 049 – GIFtionary (Chemical Weathering)
Day 050 – GIFtionary (Resistance and Weathering Rates)
Day 054 – GIFtionary (River and Stream Erosion)
Day 055 – GIFtionary (River Deposition into an Ocean/Lake)
Day 056 – GIFtionary (Meandering Streams)
Day 057 – GIFtionary (Glacial Erosion)
Day 058 – GIFtionary (Glacial Deposition)
Day 059 – GIFtionary (Wind Erosion)
Day 060 – GIFtionary (Mass Movement)
Day 081 – GIFtionary (Mineral Structure)
Day 082 – GIFtionary (Mineral Properties)
Day 083 – GIFtionary (Introduction to Igneous Rocks)
Day 086 – GIFtionary (More About Igneous Rocks)
Feb 17-21
School vacation
Feb 24-28
TBA

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