Presentation on theme: "Welcome to AP Environmental!"— Presentation transcript:
1 Welcome to AP Environmental! Annotate “About the Exam”Include questions in the margin AND answer all questions
2 Big Themes for APES APES exam in May – 60% MC, 40% FR MC is largely content drivenFR involves content but also common themes that can be applied to many different situations and/or conditionsYou must possess a great comfort level with these themes when fulfilling the FR questions on the examLets examine some of these themes.
3 Tragedy of the CommonsMany resources and places on our planet are owned by everyone in general and no one in particular simultaneously.These resources and/or places are often depleted or devastated by humanity due to this peculiar relationship.Examples?Solutions? Private ownership? Increased Regulation? How could these be accomplished? Difficult situation, isn’t it!
4 SustainabilityWhat does it mean when an environmental, cultural or economic process is described as sustainable?What resources can be described as sustainable? _________________What processes are now functionally unsustainable but could be changed to be so?What is the ultimate outcome of unsustainable processes?
5 FeedbackNatural systems must be self governing as there is no outside agent to flip a switch.Negative feedback is typically goodPlease overcome negative = bad relationshipInput System Output, system function accomplished, negative feedback tells the system to cease functioningPositive feedback can be bad for the system due to the ultimate exhaustion of resources and collapse of the system
6 Population Growth Two types of growth Logistic (S curve) growth approaches a level asymptotically sustainableExponential (J curve) growth continues indefinitely until a crash occurs typically due to unsustainable positive feedbackRule of 70 is vital here!Slowing or stopping population growth is a common item in free response rubrics.Industria question, also
7 HIPPO or the causes of extinction Leading cause of extinction is habitat destruction and/or habitat fragmentationNext leading cause is invasive speciesSynonyms for “invasive”?Pollution is the first “p”Population is the second “p”Poverty could be a third “p” if neededOverharvesting is the “o”How serious is the present extinction event? Spasm or Mass?
8 Ecology or how the Earth functions Matter cycles while Energy goes throughCycles hydrologic, carbon, nitrogen, phosphorous and sulfurPretty much everything starts with photosynthesis then up trophic levels while governed by 10% rule.Different productivity levels by ecosystemGreat biodiversity is the desired stateComes about due to evolution (spec & ext)Humans now endemic to the whole planet so as we go so goes the Earth, for now.
9 The Demise of Civilizations The close study of failure is the best means of avoidance of its repetition.Famous example is Easter IslandAnasazi MayaMesopotamiaRwandaMontanaSuccesses? There have been a few.Others? Synergy, Trade Offs and Precautionary Principle
10 AP Env Sci is a game!You have to get your piece to the final location to get an AWinner gets a prize
11 Flippped Classroom At Home In Class Watch video and take notes Go through ppt and take notesReadingsFlipppedClassroomBlock 1—Monday mingles, discussion, activities and labsBlock 2--Activities and labsBlock 3—Self-directed and assessments
13 How do you know the group is working like a team? This class game is organized into collaborative groups. This can enhance learning of all players and helps you move ahead.How do you know the group is working like a team?
14 Successful Groups Work together. Listen to each other. Speak politely to one another.Complete all tasks in a timely manner.Help each other and do not allow copying.Share tasks
15 Group Task: Syllabus Scavenger Hunt and Hand prints Read syllabus and get ready for the first scavenger hunt gameMake a hand print on a piece of paper:Make 5 positive adjectives describing yourselfName on front
16 Syllabus Scavenger Hunt Q1—What is your grade based on? Q2-- Q3 Q4 Q5
18 CharacterWhat do you do when no one is lookingBelow the surface
19 Watch and Reflect on Softball Video Clip How does this tie in with your life or this class?Vk5GBx-s
20 Academic Dishonesty Policy All students share the responsibility of maintaining honesty during testing and other class assignments. Those who allow others to copy their work are just as guilty of cheating as those who do the copying.Students are expected to NOT plagiarize other sources. All work must include citations.
21 I pledge to conduct myself with honor and integrity
22 In this class we score the game, not the practice!
23 Class LogisticsYour grade is based on performances on a “game” ie tests, quizzes, lab reports, projectsYou will receive a mastery checklist for each enduring understanding with “practice” assignments to help you achieve masteryThere are readings and videos as well as activities that will help you master the concepts in this class
24 Summer Homework—missing or check mark MathCurrent EventChapter 3
25 More than 5 missings= Holiday assignment to clear the missings No Holiday Homework!!!Less than 5 missing=No holiday homeworkMore than 5 missings= Holiday assignment to clear the missings
32 Can Ants Count Independent:____________________ Data supports that__________________________What we should ask of the researchers-what was their sample size-how many times did they run trials-is the data statistically significantIndependent – size of ant’s legsDependent - # of steps ants take
33 EXIT TICKET – needs to be completed before you leave Complete the index card provided with the following information (Please write clearly!):On the FRONT of the card put your full name – first, last, and any nickname you prefer to be calledOn the BACK of the card include all of the following:Your parent(s) and/or guardian(s) full name and their best contact numberLanguage(s) spoken at homeParent/Guardian(s) address