Your Goals for AP Environmental Science Understand the interrelationships of the natural world Identify and analyze environmental problems that are natural and human-made. Evaluate the relative risks associated with these problems Examine alternative solutions for resolving or preventing problems. Laboratories support student content mastery in both hands-on and virtual experiences.
Topics You Will Study This Semester Module 1: Environmental Problems and Sustainability Module 2: The Living World Module 3: The Physical World Module 4: Population Module 5: Energy
AP Exam Scored 1-5. Passing is generally considered 3 – 5, but check with your potential colleges to see what they accept. 3 hours long, 2 sections NO CALCULATORS but there are math questions in both sections Multiple choice section 100 questions 60% of the total grade Free response section Four in depth questions with multiple parts Two of the questions will involve synthesis and evaluation One question will be document-based One question will be a data-set question requiring mathematical analysis Come to the coaching labs! Take your practice exam and data chats seriously!
Coursework Read the Lessons and TAKE NOTES (keep a “hard-copy” notebook as well as an Environmental Sciencefolder on your computer) Know how to navigate the virtual classroom Lessons Assessments Discussions Grades Know how to submit a help ticket for technical issues Go to the Virtual School website: vlearn.mnps.org Click “helpdesk” Click “Submit a Ticket” Give the details of your problem
Deadlines and Grading Keep up with the pacing guide!!!! You can find it under “Syllabus” “Course Outline.” Feel free to work ahead but DO NOT get behind! Each week starts on Sunday and ends on Saturday. Your assignments are due each week by Saturday at 11:59pm. You may turn in late assignments; however, your life will be much easier if you will stick to the pacing guide! When an assignment is late, I will put a “zero” in the gradebook until you complete that assignment. This will drastically affect your average! If you receive less than an 80% on an assignment, you can re-do it for additional credit!
Communication Check your e-mail! Get a g-mail account so that we can use “Google Hangout” Respond to e-mails from me. Call or text me back if I leave you a message. I will respond to your calls, texts, and e-mails within 24 hours (48 hours on the weekend). Please treat me with the same respect by responding to me in a timely manner.
Announcements Read my Week at a Glance Announcements - these will be posted by Sunday every week. The announcements will contain helpful information such as: A quick summary of the assignments due on Saturday. Clarification of any confusing directions A link to my Wikispace that will have resources to assist you in completion of your assignments (videos, articles, study guides, DBA questions) Reminders about upcoming lab supplies you may need to purchase Extra credit opportunities Information about when I will be available for DBAs that week Any upcoming Virtual School events such as progress reports, exams, help sessions, etc.
Environmental Science Wikispace If I took the time to put something on my Wikispace, please look at it! The things on my website are NOT extra work! They are items to help you with the work you have!
Discussion Based Assessment (DBA) Schedule with me in advance. Use appointlet if Mondays, early morning or late at at night work for you. Otherwise text, e-mail, or call to set up a time. It is a gated assignment. You will not be able to turn in any other assignments until you have completed a DBA. Prepare for it! If I post a study guide on my Wikispace, use it!
Discussions and Collaboration Class discussions and partner work are a required part of the course! Put thought and effort into your discussion postings and responses! Some examples of unacceptable responses: “I agree with what Josh said” “I think animals are the most interesting kingdom because I like dogs.” For the partner project, communicate with each other on the discussion boards to find a partner. The sooner you do this, the better off you will be! Communicate with and respond to your partner! Do your share of the work! If you are having problems, be sure you tell me.
Eco-Vacation: A Collaborative Project Design an ideal "eco-vacation." You should include these items: A list of all the features that make it "green" At least one aspect of transportation, one aspect of lodging, and one aspect of entertainment/recreation A description of each "green" feature with at least three sentences Six to eight "green" features will earn an average grade; more "greenness" will increase your grade A map of your destination(s) A list of your references
How is a “virtual teacher” different than a “regular teacher”? You don’t have to share me with other students in the classroom. If you have a question ASK me, you are not in this alone! I am available for “study sessions” Get a g-mail account so that we can use Google Hangout