Topic outline

  • Gold Apes Support

    From the AP Environmental Site (Curriculum on the exam) 

    1. Science is a process - APES- Spring
      1. Science is a method of learning more about the world
      2. Science constantly changes the way we understand the world
    2. Energy conversions underlie all ecological processes APES- March
      1. Energy cannot be created; it must come from somewhere
      2.  As energy flows through systems, at each step more of it becomes unusable
    3. The Earth itself is one interconnected system (House and APES- Yearlong
      1. Natural systems change over time and space 
      2. Biogeochemical systems vary in ability to recover from disturbances
    4. Humans alter natural systems (House- Yearlong, APES- Feb-April)
      1. Humans have had an impact on the environment for millions of years
      2. Technology and population growth have enabled humans to increase both the rate and scale of their impact on the environment
    5. Environmental problems have a cultural and social context (House Yearlong)
      1. Understanding the role of cultural, social, and economic factors is vital to the development of solutions
    6. Human survival depends on developing practices that will achieve sustainable systems (House and APES
      1. A suitable combination of conservation and development is required
      2. Management of common resources is essential  

    Gold Apes sequence

    FALL

    House based study of Biodiversity and human impacts on ecosystems and diversity. The AP curriculum is imbedded into the house activities.

    House based study of Human Population Dynamics. The AP curriculum is imbedded into the house activities. 

    Additional lab work- In the fall AP students will participate in AP lab work that is not covered in the house activities. The number and type of these labs will vary based on what is accomplished in house.

    WINTER

    After the population unit is complete APES will work through a series of labs and content

    1. Energy concepts
      1. Energy flow & winter. Photosynthesis, cellular respiration
      2. Energy concepts: Forms, power,units,conversions, Laws of Thermodynamics, transfer of energy
      3. Energy conservation: CAFE standards, R-value, thermal mass, storage of energy (systems)
    2. Pollution (will be taught partially in the house Toxicology study)
      1. air pollution
      2. water pollution

    SPRING

    1. Global change (Much of this topic was taught in house during the year. Below are the additional pieces for APES)
      1. Climate change beyond the social impacts
      2. Ozone- both low level and ozone layer changes
    2. Test preparation (for all, including those opting to not take the exam)
    • This topic

      Test Prep

      A series of practice exams and content review for the test.

      From the AP site:

      AP Exam Site

      Practice free response on 4/13 (Energy), reviewed on 4/14

      • Energy Concepts

        We need to spend a bit of time on the concepts of energy and power and how they are related. He's the outline from the top of the site:

        Energy concepts

        1. Energy flow & winter. Photosynthesis, cellular respiration
        2. Energy concepts: Forms, power,units,conversions, Laws of Thermodynamics, transfer of energy
        3. Energy conservation: CAFE standards, R-value, thermal mass, storage of energy (systems)

        This year our work will begin with #2.

      • Species diversity and ecology

        Activities related to our first unit of study and AP Environmental Studies