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Wind Turbine For Your Home. How big a wind turbine would you need to power your house? Do you know how much energy it took to grow your food, wash it, It might seems like science fiction but this race car runs on garbage! Tim from the Rochester Museum and Science Center stopped by to show us Americans throw out enough food in one day to feed the entire Seattle Seattle is ahead of the curve when it comes to recycling, composting, As countries aim to curb greenhouse gas emissions, they have a few Oil is both good and bad.
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Search for pictures of aquatic ecosystems with ID labels. Look in your textbook in chapter 7 to see threats to marine ecosystems and things you might want to look for. Can you make a hypothesis about the health of the ecosystem? Can you think of a scenario in which the Bay waters become anaerobic? Write up a paragraph summarizing the work of your lab group and what experiments you would want to do next based on the questions that came up in this ocean lab.
Algae Lab part two: Fill in students who were absent about what we did in part one of the lab. Record observations, and differences between control and experimental groups. Add notes from your homework research where relevant.
Write a paragraph of conclusions. Did your predictions come true? What would you do differently next time? What would the impact be on a creek ecosystem if it had this much nitrogen dumped into it? What organisms would be impacted. Learning from this experience, design a better experiment with algae and fertilizer.
Pour flasks out spreading out the liquid on green plants in the quad. Clean flasks with soap and water and put on drying rack. Algae lab observation and taking mid term.
If you miss class you can make up mid term on Wednesday. How to grow it in a lab, how to measure oil content, sensitivity to PH changes, temperature and light, where to find samples. Write up the sources you find along with descriptions and notes. Work with your group and follow the directions below: Write your name next to the parts you write. Write down and describe: What does the water look like. What is the PH. What might we be missing? Will the algae grow? Will the color or PH change?
Make predictions about what. Put away any materials in the right spot. Chapter 10 key concepts plus midterm prep. Read the midterm description below then using the textbook, find key words that you think should be added to the list below. This is just a guide, you have total freedom to tell any sort of story. Could be a journal entry, a news report, or a humorous fictional tale. Tell a story or write an essay about a community balancing energy and food needs with environmental protection.
This could be a true story or one you make up, but it should illustrate at least some of the broad themes of the class, like regulation of pollution, protection of biodiversity, and meeting growing global energy needs while addressing climate change.
Use as many of the following key terms as you can. Use them appropriately, using the definition in the textbook or lecture. You will be graded on demonstrating your knowledge of the key terms, and how they relate to the broader themes of the class. Define key terms and take notes. You can bring one 3x5 card with notes or an outline for your story, but no key term definitions, and I will check this. Catch up on missing homework check homework hotline. Quiz on The Gene reading.
Open 3 word files in File Cabinet. Read the articles and answer the questions in groups. Be ready to report to class. Take notes and write down quotes in the form of references that you will use for the homework. Write a paragraph in which you express your opinion on the following questions you may organize your paragraph any way that makes sense, just be sure to address all of the bullet points.
Back up your arguments using at least three references from the articles you have read quote or paraphrase and cite each reference. How far should they go? Should they fact-check and monitor posted content themselves or rely on users as they have said they plan to do because they do not want to be the arbiters of truth themselves? If so, what steps should they take to do this? Populations and demographics continued.
Quiz next wednesday on "The Gene". Where did he study and what did he find? Why was Darwin worried about him?
Study for quiz on The Gene: Be able to describe the work of Darwin, Wallace and Malthus and how their work is related. How does the government deal with population growth? Do they, or have they taken steps to control population? Find a short env. Include at least one key term from the text book, and explain how your video sheds light on that term. Water and Power Infrastructure.
Watch, take notes on, and rate videos below: Homework Due next class: Read Chapter 9 and and complete questions Watch three videos and rate them out of 10, with comments.
Take notes on key terms, and turn in these notes. Write a half a page about what you think the state of energy and the environment will be in 4 years. Cite the research you have done on the election and make predictions about what impacts the results will have on topics like: Are you optimistic about the environment?
Also, catch up on any missing work. Energy, Environment and Election. What will the environment look like in four years? For example you could type a google search like "how will plastic bag ban impact pollution" and look for unbiased evidence whether a ban will have a significant impact on litter in the environment or not.
Voters passed plastic bag ban, which means plastic bags will still be used and according to X study by the CA fish and Game for example shows that plastic bags add an average of X amount of litter pollution to waterways and wetlands per county. Counties will have to spend more money on cleaning up litter, and aquatic organisms could suffer. For instance, marine mammals could be strangled.
Quiz on Chapter 7 and Deltas. Cap and Trade critics and alternatives. Discussion of fracking ban initiative. Watch this video if you missed class on cap and trade: Diagram or 3-D model 12 pts. Hand-made, 3-D model of invention. Deltas and water pollution. Read Chapter 7 and answer questions in chapter review.
Study for quiz on Friday: Nitrogen pollution in the ocean. Weather West -r ead current blog: Imagined Journal Entry 12 points. Write a journal entry or letter, minimum words , in which you share your thoughts about the new invention.
Do you like the new invention? Will you use it? How might it change your daily life and the lives of those around you? Nitrogen Pollution, water quality and river restoration.
NON discussion and research. Read Chapter 6 and answer questions in chapter review. Quiz on Chapter 5. Night of the Notables N. Were different designs tried? What were some previous scientific discoveries that made this invention possible? Peer Grading of Lab 1 Instructions: Study for quiz on Chapter 5.
Understand the following terms: Reverse is cellular respiration. N assignment in file cabinet, and research a historical scientist you would like to learn more about. Poor Quality Scientific Sources. These sources could be websites, news articles or scientific studies. Are the sources biased? Is there a profit motive? Is there causation drawn inappropriately? You need at least 10 observations recorded with dates and times.
New signs of life? Presenting key terms from Chapter 4. S tudy for the quiz on Friday on Chapter 4 key terms. Review Chapter 4 and do web searches to better understand key terms, and write down examples of terms. Chapter 3 Review of Key Terms and Concepts. Reading and discussing Food Babe article: Read Chapter 4 and write out a summary of your assigned key term, if you missed class email me for a key term.
Make 5 more observations on your plot. Are you noticing seasonal changes? One more observation after the rain next week. Making fuel out of Algae. Habits of scientists, correlations. Finish reading Chapter 3 and complete questions in the chapter review. Make 5 more observations in your lab notebook by next Wednesday. Quiz on Chapter One and Class topics. Complete poster board for your ecology lab and bring to class on Wednesday.
Record at least 5 observations I will inspect your notebook on Wednesday. Group work on research assignments. Study for quiz on Friday on chapter one and topics we have covered in class like artificial photosynthesis and anaerobic digestion. Find a spot for your ecology lab and measure it out following the instructions in the textbook on page Photograph it if you can and start a notebook either physical or digital, but it must not be lost and write down observations.
Record the date and time for each observation. Fracking and anaerobic digestion. Do not repeat what your partner wrote. Look for credible sources. Also, read chapter one in the textbook. If you missed class, just read chapter one. Find a local environmental issue and research it. Write one page about it and turn it in on Friday. What is the problem? What are some potential solutions? Here are some ideas for topics: Sci topics in the news. How to find a good article on the web.
CRISR and gene editing. Find an article that is over words over a page and a half , read it and write a presentation outline. Come to class Wednesday prepared to present your article to the class using your outline.
Microbes article, history of global warming, Power of Introverts video. Study for quiz on Friday on Microbes article, see questions below. Reread article if necessary and take notes. Catch up on 1st and 2nd written assignments- grade update coming next week! Look for articles related to environmental science- read and bring to class. Quiz and Discussion of Lichen Article. Hunter gatherers and how Homo Sapiens came to dominate Earth. How did humans come to dominate the earth?
How did they learn to cooperate? What effect did hunter gatherers have on their environment? Read Microbes article see link below and write a one page review. You can also ask your supervising teacher for help understanding difficult parts of the article, and we will go over it in class on Wednesday.
You may need to read some sections twice and look up some words in the dictionary or on Google. Be able to answer the questions below, which will be on a quiz soon. Study for quiz on Friday on the Lichen article, if you missed class see the link above and read the article. Make sure to bring paper, pencil, and a folder or binder to each class.
Write at least a half a page on what you thought about the article see link above , and something that might inspire you to pursue advanced studies in the sciences some day. Your writing will help me decide what to focus on this year in this class.
For example, if I notice interest in drones, we might study how drones are being used to collect data and solve environmental problems. Also, memorize your Orchard View Login and Password. Have a great summer! Thanks for all your work, it was a fun class. Science and Religion- what does the constitution say?
Why all theories presented in science class must have genuine scientific evidence to support them. Open Source learning and philosophy- the Arduino controller and Maker culture. Study Guide for Final Exam: Terms and Topics to understand and be able to give examples of.
What does it produce? What is your opinion? Have you found any evidence of conflict of interest on either side? Why have Monarchs declined in population and what explains the recent population jump? How might environmental policy help them recover? Give an example hint: Work on rough drafts of signs, be ready for Cathy to evaluate them. Of all the video content we have watched, which did you like best and why?
Write one page, including a review of the Michael Faraday video we watched. Use pH sensor to measure pH of soil and water samples from ecosystem experiments - record data. To complete analysis and discuss outcomes next class. Give examples related to your ecosystem experiment.
Study Guide for 1st Final: Santa Rosa Junior College. Environmental Science File Cabinet. This first class will be an introduction to the course and also cover the requirements. Check the File Cabinet see link above for files. Start by downloading the welcome letter and reading it before next class. Questions to ponder while reading and answer in groups on Friday. Also start to type up a lab report, which is due next week.
Part One will consist of a source evaluation just like the one we did in class. You will also need to write a short essay about your chosen example of correlation. You will need to bring at least 3 sources to cite.
Read Chapter 19 sections 2 and 3 and take notes. Alternative Energy and Food Waste. Read Chapter 19 section 1 and take notes. Read Chapter 18 section 2 and take notes. Read Chapter 18 section 1 and take notes. Choose three sources from the following list to evaluate during class as practice for the exam: Be sure to flag potentially unreliable sources: Calculate how many miles you can drive and stay within the 2C budget.
Have all project components completed. Finalize your display Tri-fold boards or electronic March 16th, 21st and 23rd: Present Projects to Class March If you missed class this week, watch these videos: Observe samples for growth in mycelium.
Record these on your doc. What will you test for? Add nitrates or some other pollutant to an experimental group, record your hypothesis. Find an example of water pollution in the US. Write a half page about it and find three sources to back up your claims. Cite your sources and include a works cited.
Set up another sample inside. Find other examples of inoculation on wood chips, cardboard and straw online. Dump out water samples and clean sample jars. How much peroxide do you need to add? Calculate the dilution rate using a proportion cross multiply. Sterilize straw then drain. Wear goggles and gloves! Make certain your spawn will not dry out, but still has access to air and some light. The small boxes in front of the office have fresh soil, so some stropharia might grow there if kept moist cover with straw or burlap and label.
Read instructions aloud carefully If you have time, watch these videos and use this site for further info: How to keep samples from dying out?
How will you record and keep track of the data from your samples? Indoor vs outdoor incubation. What are the variables? Include a works cited with at least 3 sources. Works cited should be MLA format. Add an additional page and two more sources to your essay for an extra 20pts. Guide to writing a science essay: How to cite a Wikipedia source: Find an example of a loss of biodiversity in California.
Identify the ecosystem and which of the three types of diversity is being lost. What is the keystone species in the ecosystem? Has urbanization played a role? Take notes and save sources, you will use them to write a page about this topic over break. Come prepared to discuss your topic in class. The group must also write up a materials list, a hypothesis, and a mission statement paragraph about what the group is trying to accomplish, what things will be observed and measured, and what challenges may arise and how they will be addressed.
This must be typed on your lab doc. Each group member must write a portion of this and write their name next to what they wrote. You will be graded individually for this. Then read pages and and write down on your notes whether you think wolves should be reintroduced in California and why. Nitrogen Lab Part 3. Lab Instructions part A: How much N in ppm is safe for fish?
How much N in ppm is safe in drinking water? How much N causes algae to bloom? How do you remove N from water? Lab Instructions Part B: Throw away all used gloves and wipe table. Chapter 6 discussion and peer grading of chapter review. Carbon and Nitrogen Cycles. Read all of chapter 6 and answer questions in the Chapter review. CO2 from cars, Nitrogen from cow manure.
List at least 4 sources and four sinks of each. Include two quotes from the article. Write about how exactly the exercise pill works on a cellular level, and whether you think the drug should be legal in the US. Photosynthesis and cellular respiration equation work: Write out the equation for photosynthesis and respiration, then make arrows and bubbles and write out: What is needed for photosynthesis to occur? Where do these chemical reactions take place?
How does each reactant get into the cell? Where do the products go? How do these reactions take place? Do some research on this.
How do these equations relate to global oxygen and carbon dioxide levels? Where does the ATP energy produced in cell respiration go? Read chapter five, section one and take notes.
Work on refining and improving your note taking skills. Refer to page in your Inquire book for tips on taking reading notes. Also see page in your textbook. Is the article a good, trustworthy source? Everyone must turn in a half page plus a works cited including three article links. What conclusions can you draw? What correlations were mentioned in the articles? Turn this in with your sources at the end of class. If you missed class, watch this video: Is this a reputable source?
Check out these textbook resources: Study Guide for 1 st Test: How can a scientist be both skeptical and open to new ideas at the same time?
Think of such a situation. Write out the three habits of scientists as subject headings in your notes for today. Make sure you understand what a correlation is and be able to give an example.
Read Chapter 2 section 2 and answer in the section review. Add color and include a key. Reread directions to make sure you are doing it right. Chap 1 Questions to answer with your table: These may be on the first test.
Read Chapter 1 in the textbook and take notes referring to the note taking guides as needed see links above. Bring these notes to class. Welcome to Environmental Science! You are required to bring the following to class each day we meet: Pen and Pencil Phone Use policy: Extra Help I am usually available briefly before or after class for students needing assistance with an assignment. Turn in your Textbook. Evaluations- voting on feedback.
Psychology of climate change. Discuss citizen science ideas and projects. Choose an emerging form of renewable energy not traditional wind or solar , research it and write a paragraph answering the following questions.
What are the advantages and disadvantages? What are the barriers to it being adopted? What it look like if deployed in Sonoma County? Be prepared to present to class. Lead lab, citizen science, class evaluations. Find a citizen science project that interests you and that you would like to participate in.
Write a paragraph about why. How do we know how old the Earth is? Meet with study groups and make a plan to study. History National Parks and US conservation efforts. Environmental treaties- Know about two of the ones we studied.
People who are skeptical that climate change exists or is serious. Habits of a Scientist: Curiosity, open mindedness, skepticism. Scientific Method Peer Review Biodiversity - The genetic, species, and ecological diversity of the organisms in a given area. Ecology - The scientific study of relationships between organisms and their environment. It is concerned with the life histories, distribution, and behavior of individual species as well as the structure and function of natural systems at the level of populations, communities and ecosystems.
Fossil Fuels - Petroleum, natural gas and coal created by geological forces and from organic wastes and dead organisms. Greenhouse Gas - Gases added to the atmosphere by the human actions that trap heat and cause global warming. Also a gas that contributes to the greenhouse effect by absorbing infrared radiation. How carbon emissions affect the environment. Bias- Know examples of biased experiments and biased articles and why avoiding bias in science is important.
Know how fracking works and what environmental harms it can cause. Estuaries and deltas and their ecological significance. Infrastructure- a structure that is shared amongst the community.
Review Textbook, homework and quizzes to prepare for final exam. Meet with your study group. History of US conservation. Read chapter 21 sec 3 and take no tes. Turn in notes on Chap 21 sec 1, discuss and watch videos on environmental economics. Form study groups and create proposed exam questions. Each group member must create one question that makes you think. Wrap up soil lab see instructions below.
Read Chapter 21 sec 1 and turn in a page of notes. Work on note taking strategy. Read Chapter 20 section 2 and take notes. Turn in a page of notes on friday.
Presentations on lab work. Read Chapter 20, section 1 and study for a quiz on Wednesday. The quiz will be on Chap 20 sec 1 plus the lab group presentations and the importance of delegating. Quiz on 18 and Lab conclusions and cleanup and presentation prep. Catch up on missing assignments. Prep for presentation and research other possible labs. Quiz on chap 19 sec 1 and 2. Lab work- peer reviewing.
Curiosity, Skepticism, Open Mindedness. Read Chap 19 sec 3 and study for a quiz Wednesday on the key terms in the section and also study the key terms from chapter Try to imagine a scenario in which plants were polluted in a similar way as the plants in your experiment.
Write about this scenario, and include the who, what, where and why. What caused it and how might it be addressed mitigation? How would the pollution in this scenario be different from your experiment, and how might you better simulate this type of pollution in a future experiment for instance: Study the key terms see page Pollution Lab and writing up lab report on google docs.
Do some internet research to find out more and cite your sources. Chapter turn in homework and discuss. Work on lab design and turn in lab plans, one per group. Read Chapter 18 sections 1 and 2 and study for quiz on chapter 17 and the geopolitics of oil.
Read all of chapter 17 and choose 8 questions to answer in the section reviews. Presentations and discussion of Chapter History of the EPA powerpoint. Read Chapter 16 sec 1 and 2 and choose 5 questions to answer in either section review. Study for quiz on the history of the EPA friday. Read Chapter 15 sec 3 and complete questions in section review. Chap 15 sec 2. If you missed class, watch these videos: Study for quiz on Friday on chap 15 sec 1 and 2 plus presentations unless you missed class wednesday.
Presentations plus global famines. Turn in papers and outlines. Carbon pricing follow up. Read the article see link below and write out answers to the questions and turn in today.
You can work together but you each need to turn something. Why are oil prices so low? Why has the price of oil been dropping? Who benefits from the price drop? What happened to OPEC? Is there a conspiracy to bring the price of oil down? When are oil prices likely to recover? Chapter 15 section 1, plus questions in section review. Quiz on Friday on Chapter 15 sec 1.
Chapter 14 lesson and discussion: Final draft of your research paper and an outline of your presentation. Make sure to check the r esearch project rubric in the file cabinet to make sure you have met the criteria for the assignment.
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