A.P.E.S.

Earth Systems Schedule 2011-12

Schedule Dates

State Standards / Objectives


Instructional Activities

Aug 10 (Wed)

periods 1- 6

 

1) Course & Instructor Introduction (syllabus)
2) Problem solving activity

Homework: read pp 6-16(focus, focus), bring $.40 for (for Science Notebook), bring textbook on Thurs

Aug 11 (Thurs)

periods 1-6

 

1) reading quiz (p. 6-16)
2) syllabus discussion
3) working percent increase, population increase, & rule of 70 problems

Homework: population problems

Aug 12 (Fri)

periods 1-6

 

1) Get answers and correct population problems
2) Ch 1 study guide
3) Modeling how to do a presentation with "Environmental World Views"

Homework: Read p17-end of chapter 1 (reading quiz on Monday)

Aug 15 (Mon)

PLC periods 1-6

 

1) Ch 1 reading quiz (p17-end of ch )
2) Work on group presentations

Homework: Study for reading quiz

Aug 17 (Wed)

blocks 2, 4, 6

 

1) Ch 1 reading quiz
2) Group presentations
3) A nature moment (tarantula hawks)

Homework: Study for ch 1 vocabulary quiz

Aug 19 (Fri)

blocks 2, 4, 6

 

1) Ch 1 Vocab quiz (30 randomly selected definitions, you fill in the blank)
2) Finish Ch 1 Discussions
3) Videos illustrating ch 1 concepts

Homework: Ch 1 take home test pdf; doc (print it out 2 pgs per side for front and back 4)

Aug 22 (Mon)

blocks 2, 4, 6

 

1) Eval Ch 1 Take Home Test
2) Background on salinization of soil
3) Lab: Effects of Salinity on Mung Bean Germination & Growth (problem; research; hypothesis; experiment; materials; & procedure)

Homework: Read ch 2 pp 28-38; reading quiz Wednesday (minimum day)

Aug 24 (Wed)

1-6 min day

 

1) Reading quiz or "How are those Mung Beans?"
2) Discuss Science Method

Homework: Read pp39-end of chapter 2;

Aug 26 (Fri)

2, 4, 6

 

1)Reading quiz ch 2
2) Finish Mung Bean Lab
3) Ch 2 Concepts & Vocab
4 ) "State of the Planet" video

Homework: print out ch 2 study guide; begin studying vocab ch 2 and review ch 1; 5 paragraphs of discussion

Aug 29 (Mon)

1-6 plc

 

1) Eval Lab in class
2) Discuss "feedback systems"

Homework: questions from Ch 2 Concepts & Vocab written in snb "ch 2 notes" starting on page 19 in snb (already did #9) Many can be answered without having to look them up; leave space for clarification in class on Wed.

Aug 31 (Wed)

2, 4, 6

 

1) half-life problems
2) check ch 2 concepts answers
3) discussion of "critical mass," and questions from students on ch 2

Homework: Study for ch 2 & 1 vocab cumulative test (practice quia.com)

Sept 2 (Fri)

2, 4, 6

 

1) Ch 2 vocab test
2) Energy Efficiency Problems
3) Sign up for gambassa.com

Homework: Ch 2 take home test (doc, pdf) due Wednesday (print out and complete); bring text to class on Wednesday

Sept 7 (Wed)

2, 4, 6

 

1) Eval Ch 2 take home
2) Study Guide Ch 3
3) Discussion of ecosystems and trophic levels
4) Biogeochemical Cycles & Sign up for Gambassa (if I'm not your "friend" then you do not exist on Gambassa)

Homework: Questions 1-9 (minus 1, 6, 9) on Ch 3 study guide; reading quiz up to p.66.

Sept 9 (Fri)
 

1) Ch 3 1st half reading quiz
2) Work for 40 minutes on biogeochemical cycles presentations
3) Give presentations and note a) what organic compounds are involved; b) what are the processes of the cycles; c) human interferences

Homework: Finish study guide ch 3 questions in Ch 3 notes of SNB; read rest of chapter for reading quiz on Monday

Sept 12 (Mon)
 

1) Ch 3 reading quiz 2
2) Ch 3 discussion (GPP, NPP, Law of Tolerance, Soil Types

Homework: Study for Ch 3 (cumulative to 2 & 1) Vocabulary Quiz (Score high on this test and replace the previous 2 if they are lower)(Quia Practice Test)

Sept 14 (Wed)
 

1) Ch 3 Vocabulary Quiz
2) Biogeochemical Cycle Loops

Homework: Ch 3 Take Home Test (pdf; doc)due Friday; bring baggy with 1 cup of soil from home property

Sept 16 (Fri)
 

1) Hand in Ch 3 take home
2) Soil Lab

Homework: Read 1st 8 pages of Ch 4 be ready for reading quiz on Monday; write paragraph discussion A for all three problems studied in soil lab on Friday

Sept 19 (Mon)
2,4,6 day
 

1) Reading quiz Ch 4
2) Discussion of current theory of natural selection and what increases variation in populations
3) Time to work study guide

Homework: Look over study guide and see which ones you need to ask questions on

Sept 20
1-6 min day
  1) ask questions about study guide = "smart students know what they need help with!"