A.P.E.S.

Earth Systems Schedule

Schedule Dates

State Standards / Objectives


Instructional Activities

Sept 2 (Tues)

periods 1- 6

Students will explain the relationships between human behavior and environmental problems in terms of sustainability.
1) Course & Instructor Introduction (syllabus)
2) Student Introductions
3) Adopt a topic action semester project doc ; same document in rich text format

Sept 3 (Wed)

periods 1 - 6

 

1) Picking of "adopt a topic" by randomly pulling names
2) Personality assessment for small group placement
3) Reading assignment (Ch 1 pp 6 - 16 end before ENV. PROB.) & outline

Sept 5 (Fri)

periods 2,4,6

 

1) Homework check: outline, 5 factors, turbine blade material
2) Video: State of the Planet
3) Ch 1 Question & Vocab
4) Student Presentations

Monday's lab will be on designing a wind turbine blade that creates the greatest speed. Please research 5 factors (print out source & write down 5 factors) about a wind turbine blade that would affect its speed. Also, bring materials that you think might make good turbine blade material (cardboard, plastic, balsa wood, aluminum pie pans, etc.).

Sept 8

periods 2,4,6

 

1) Homework check: a) list of 5 factors affecting turbine blade speed b) print out of research, c) turbine blade materials
2) Gather possible IV's for labs.
3) Presentation of Ch 1 Questions by groups
4) Choose Group Problem for Lab on Wind Turbine Design (how to do lab writeups)

Homework:a) finish reading chapter 1 & outline & b) study for vocabulary assessment (30 of the Ch 1 Vocabulary randomly chosen; no word list given for exam)

Sept 10

periods 1-6
min day

  1) Vocabulary Quiz
2) Writing procedures

Sept 12

periods 2,4,6

 

1) Video: Planet Earth
2) Simulation on "Tragedy of the Commons"
3) Data taking for Blade Design Labs
4) Take home test for CH 1

Practice for ch1 vocab retake

Sept 15
PLC Mon
periods 1-6

 

1) Ch 1 Take Home due at beginning of period
2) Evaluate ch 1 take home & discuss
3) Ch 2 Vocab & Concepts (doc, rtf, html)
4) Discussion of the nature of science & feedback systems

Homework: read pp 28-38 & outline 1 - 2 pages

Sept 17
Wed
periods 2, 4, 6

 

1) Homework check
2) 20 minutes to prepare presentations
3) Student presentations of content on ch 2 vocab & concepts
4) Data taking time for wind turbine design lab

Makeup ch 1 vocab quiz after school or at 2nd lunch (if gone or your grade was lower than you wanted) 2:50-3:15 (practice for it)

Homework: finish outlining ch 2

Sept 19
Fri
period 2, 4, 6
 

1) pH observation
2) student presentations & chapter concepts discussions
3) statistical testing of data
4) ask for help with difficult vocab

Homework: prepare for cumulative vocab test on MONDAY! (Quia practice test online)

Sept 22
PLC Mon
periods 1-6

 

1) Ch 2 Vocab Test (20 questions form ch 2 & 10 from ch 1) Hard work pays dividends!
2) Submit outlines (ch 2) for check by teacher during quiz

Homework: Ch 2 Take Home Test

Sept 24
Wed
periods 2,4,6
 

1) Take Home Test Due
2) Ch 3 Concepts and Vocabulary

Homework: Full lab report on blade design

Sept 26
Fri
periods 2,4,6

 

1) Full Lab Report on turbine blade testing due (checklist/rubric for evaluation)
2) Ultimate Blade Contest
3) Ch 3 Vocab & Concepts (doc, html, rtf)

Homework: Correct lab report according to the checklist / rubric & read ch 3 1st 10 pages & outline

Sept 29
PLC Mon
periods 1-6

 

1) Homework check & organize group presentation
2) Present Ch 3 group presentations

Homework: read & outline pp 60-80 by Thursday
Bring soil sample for your group Wednesday to class.

Oct 1
Wed
periods 2,4,6
 

1) Finish Ch 3 presentations by groups
2) Biogeochemical Cycles Project (due next Tues)
3) Soil lab on porosity & permeability

Homework: study for ch 3 cumulative vocab (ch3 glossary) Practice at Quia.com (a word bank of all 3 chapters will be made available to anyone willing to take 85% as your top recorded score.)

   

1) Vocab test ch3 cumulative to 1 & 2
2) Finish presentations
3) biogeochemical cycles project

Homework: ch 3 take home test