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Time      Essential Questions         Content/Concepts                   Skills/Thinking Processes           Assessment
September                             Unit 1: Introduction to                                                1.
           What is                   Environmental Science                 Define environmental             Homework
             Environmental            Text:                                  science, and compare             Scientific Method
             Science?                 Chapter 1 Science and the              environmental science with
                                           Understanding Our
                                                                             ecology.                         Chapter 1 and lab
              How is science used            Environment                   List the five major fields of      safety Test
               to solve                    The Environment and              study that contribute to         Skittles Lab,
               environmental                  Society                        environmental science.             graphing
                                      Chapter 2 Tools of Environmental
               problems?                                                    Describe the major                 Histograms
                                            Scientific Methods              environmental effects of
              What are some local          Statistics and Models           hunter-gatherers, the           2.
               environmental issues         Making Informed                 agricultural revolution, and            Weekly Oral
               that affect my life?           Decisions                      the Industrial Revolution.               presentations
               (carries on                                                  Distinguish between                      on news articles
               throughout year!)                                             renewable and
                                      Environmental issues in the news
              What are the Major     (ongoing throughout year)              nonrenewable resources.         3.
               Fields that                                                  Classify environmental                  Homework
               Contribute to                                                 problems into three major               Oral
               Environmental                                                 categories.                              Presentations
               Science?                                                     Recognize examples of a                  on Chapter
                                                                             variety of environmental                 sections
                                                                            Describe “The Tragedy of
              How do living things                                          the Commons.”
               interact with each                                           Explain the law of supply
               other and their                                               and demand.
               environment in                                               List three differences
               ecosystems?                                                   between developed and
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                                                                                 developing countries.
                                                                                Explain what sustainability
                                                                                 is, and describe why it is a
                                                                                 goal of environmental
                                                                                Use descriptive statistics to
                                                                                 interpret complex data sets
October                                 Chapter 3 The Dynamic Earth             Describe the composition        4.
             How is the earth           The Geosphere                          and structure of the Earth.             Homework
                                         The Atmosphere
              affected by local,
                                         The Hydrosphere and
                                                                                Describe the Earth’s                    Poster/Oral
              regional, and global         Biosphere                             tectonic plates.                         Presentations
              problems?                                                         Explain the main cause of               Pick a species
             How does energy           Unit 2: Ecology                          earthquakes and their                    project
              flow through              Chapter 4 The Organization of Life       effects.                                What’s in an
              ecosystems?                Ecosystems: Everything Is             Identify the relationship                ecosystem lab
                                           Connected                             between volcanic eruptions              Chapter 2&3
          5.                             Evolution
                                         The Diversity of Living Things
                                                                                 and climate change.                      Test
           What are the main                                                   Describe how wind and
             types of ecosystems? Chapter 5 How Ecosystems Work                  water alter the Earth’s         5.
                                           Energy Flow in Ecosystems            surface.Define key terms        Species Project part II
                                                                                 related to ecosystems
                                                                                Describe the composition        Research project
                                                                                 of the Earth’s atmosphere.
                                                                                Describe the layers of the      Homework
                                                                                 Earth’s atmosphere.
                                                                                Explain three mechanisms        Reflective Writing
                                                                                 of heat transfer in Earth’s     after whale watch
                                                                                Explain the greenhouse          Test on ecosystems
                                                                                 effect.                         (covers 3 & 4)
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                                      Name the three major
                                       processes in the water
                                      Describe the properties of
                                       ocean water.
                                      Describe the two types of
                                       ocean currents.
                                      Explain how the ocean
                                       regulates Earth’s
                                      Discuss the factors that
                                       confine life to the
                                      Explain the difference
                                       between open and closed
                                      Distinguish between the
                                       biotic and abiotic factors in
                                       an ecosystem.
                                      Describe how a population
                                       differs from a species.
                                      Explain how habitats are
                                       important for organisms.
                                      Explain the process of
                                       evolution by natural
                                      Explain the concept of
                                      Describe the steps by
                                       which a population of
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                                       insects becomes resistant to
                                       a pesticide.
                                      Name the six kingdoms of
                                       organisms and identify two
                                       characteristics of each.
                                      Explain the importance of
                                       bacteria and fungi in the
                                      Describe the importance of
                                       protests in the ocean
                                      Describe how angiosperms
                                       and animals depend on
                                       each other.
                                      Explain why insects are
                                       such successful animals.
                                      Describe how energy is
                                       transferred from the sun to
                                       producers and then to
                                      Describe one way in which
                                       consumers depend on
                                      List two types of
                                      Explain how energy
                                       transfer in a food web is
                                       more complex than energy
                                       transfer in a food chain.
                                      Explain why an energy
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                                                                            pyramid is a representation
                                                                            of trophic levels.

November   6.                                                              Describe the short-term and      Homework – map
            How is mapping           Chapter 5 How Ecosystems Work         longterm process of the           your house/yard
                                       The Cycling of Materials
              useful in                How Ecosystems Change
                                                                            carbon cycle.                    Weekly Oral
              understanding                                                Identify one way that             presentations on
              ecosystems?                                                   humans are affecting the          news articles
            How are mapping          Chapter 6 Biomes                      carbon cycle.                     3D topographic
              and aerial               What Is a Biome?                   List the three stages of the       map project
                                       Forest Biomes
              photography useful                                            nitrogen cycle.
                                       Grassland, Desert, and Tundra
              in environmental           Biomes.                           Describe the role that
              science                                                       nitrogenfixing bacteria play
                                      Chapter 7 Aquatic Systems             in the nitrogen cycle.
                                       Freshwater Ecosystems              Explain how the excess use
                                       Marine Ecosystems
                                                                            of fertilizer can affect the
                                                                            nitrogen and phosphorus
                                                                           List two examples of
                                                                            ecological succession.
                                                                           Explain how a pioneer
                                                                            species contributes to
                                                                            ecological succession.
                                                                           Explain what happens
                                                                            during old-field succession.
                                                                           Describe how lichens
                                                                            contribute to primary
                                                                           Describe how plants
                                                                            determine the name of a
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                                      Explain how temperature
                                       and precipitation determine
                                       which plants grow in an
                                      Explain how latitude and
                                       altitude affect which plants
                                       grow in an area.
                                      List three characteristics of
                                       tropical rain forests.
                                      Name and describe the
                                       main layers of a tropical
                                       rain forest.
                                      Describe one plant in a
                                       temperate deciduous forest
                                       and an adaptation that helps
                                       the plant survive.
                                      Describe one adaptation
                                       that may help an animal
                                       survive in the taiga.
                                      Name two threats to the
                                       world’s forest biomes
                                      Describe the difference
                                       between tropical and
                                       temperate grasslands.
                                      Describe the climate in a
                                       chaparral biome.
                                      Describe two desert
                                       animals and the adaptations
                                       that help them survive.
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                                                                           Describe one threat to the
                                                                            tundra biome.
                                                                           Describe the factors that
                                                                            determine where an
                                                                            organism lives in an
                                                                            aquatic ecosystem.
                                                                           Describe the littoral zone
                                                                            and the benthic zone that
                                                                            make up a lake or pond.
                                                                           Describe two
                                                                            environmental functions of
                                                                           Describe one threat against
                                                                            river ecosystems.
                                                                           Explain why an estuary is a
                                                                            very productive ecosystem.
                                                                           Compare salt marshes and
                                                                            mangrove swamps.
                                                                           Describe two threats to
                                                                            coral reefs.
                                                                           Describe two threats to
                                                                            ocean organisms.

December   7.                           Unit 3: Populations                Describe the three main       7.
            Why is it important        Chapter 8 Understanding             properties of a population.           Homework –
              to treat wastewater?                                         Describe exponential                   chapter
                                         How Populations Change in
                                           Size                             population growth.                     assignments
              Is treatment the only     How Species Interact with        Describe how the                  Weekly Oral
               option?                     Each Other.                      reproductive behavior of           presentations on
                                                                            individuals can affect the         news articles
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   Why do I need to        Chapter 9 The Human Population       growth rate of their             Water Filtering Lab
                             Studying Human Populations
    have safe drinking                                           population.                      Chapter 5 Test
                             Changing Population Trends
    water?                                                      Explain how population
                                                                 sizes in nature are
   Does water              Chapter 10 Biodiversity              regulated.
    conservation mean I        What Is Biodiversity?           Explain the difference
    have to go without         Biodiversity at Risk             between niche and habitat.
    it?                        The Future of Biodiversity      Give examples of parts of a
                                                                Describe the five major
                                                                 types of interactions
                                                                 between species.
                                                                Explain the difference
                                                                 between parasitism and
                                                                Explain how symbiotic
                                                                 relationships may evolve.
                                                                Describe how the size and
                                                                rate of the human
                                                                 population has
                                                                changed in the last 200
                                                                Define four properties that
                                                                 scientists use to predict
                                                                 population sizes.
                                                                Make predictions about
                                                                 population trends based on
                                                                 age structure.
                                                                Describe the four stages of
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                                       the demographic transition.
                                      Explain why different
                                       countries may be at
                                       different stages of the
                                       demographic transition.
                                      Describe three problems
                                       caused by rapid human
                                       population growth.
                                      Compare population
                                       growth problems in more-
                                       developed countries and
                                       less developed countries.
                                      Analyze strategies
                                       countries may use to reduce
                                       their population growth.
                                      Describe worldwide
                                       population projections into
                                       the next century.
                                      Describe the diversity of
                                       species types on Earth,
                                       relating the difference
                                       between known numbers
                                       and estimated numbers.
                                      List and describe three
                                       levels of biodiversity.
                                      Explain four ways in which
                                       biodiversity is important to
                                       ecosystems and humans.
                                      Analyze the potential value
                                       of a single species.
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                                      Define and give examples
                                       of endangered and
                                       threatened species.
                                      Describe several ways that
                                       species are being
                                       threatened with extinction
                                      Explain which types of
                                       threats are having the
                                       largest impact on
                                      List areas of the world that
                                       have high levels of
                                       biodiversity and many
                                       threats to species.
                                      Compare the amount of
                                       biodiversity in the United
                                       States to that of the rest of
                                       the world.
                                      List and describe four types
                                       of efforts to save individual
                                      Explain the advantages of
                                       protecting entire
                                       ecosystems rather than
                                       individual species.
                                      Describe the main
                                       provisions of the
                                       Endangered Species Act.
                                      Discuss ways in which
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                                                                                efforts to protect
                                                                                endangered species can
                                                                                lead to controversy.
                                                                               Describe three examples of
                                                                                worldwide cooperative
                                                                                efforts to prevent
January    What causes air              Unit 4: Water, Air, and Land                                         8.
           pollution?                   Chapter 11 Water                       D                             Homework –
                                         Water Resources                                                       chapter
           What are primary and          Water Use and Management
                                         Water Pollution
           secondary pollutants?                                                                              Weekly oral
                                        Chapter 12 Air                                                          presentations on
           How do natural                What Causes Air Pollution?                                            news articles
           conditions affect air         Air, Noise, and Light Pollution                                     Chapter Test
           quality?                      Acid Precipitation
                                        Chapter 13 Atmosphere and Climate
           How can air pollution be      Climate and Climate Change
           controlled (or                The Ozone Shield
           prevented)?                   Global Warming

           What are the effects of
           air pollution on human

           What is acid rain?

           What are the effects of
           acid rain on the
February                                Chapter 14 Land                                                      8.
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              How We Use Land                                     Homework –
              Urban Land Use                                       chapter
              Land Management and
                                                                   Weekly oral
           Chapter 15 Food and Agriculture                          presentations on
            Feeding the World                                      news articles
            Crops and Soil                                        Chapter Test
            Animals and Agriculture

           Unit 5: Mineral and Energy
           Chapter 16 Mining and Mineral
              Minerals and Mineral
              Mineral Exploration and
              Mining Regulations and Mine

           Chapter 17 Nonrenewable Energy
            Energy Resources and Fossil
            Nuclear Energy.

           Chapter 18 Renewable Energy
            Renewable Energy Today
            Alternative Energy and

April      Chapter 19 Waste
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             Solid Waste
             Reducing Solid Waste
             Hazardous Waste

May       Unit 6: Our Health and Our
          Chapter 20 The Environment and
          Human Health
           Pollution and Human Health
           Biological Hazards

          Chapter 21 Economics, Policy, and
          the Future (note that this is a
          common theme throughout the year)
           Economics and
           International Cooperation
           Environmental Policies in the
              United States
           The Importance of the

June      Chapter 21 Economics, Policy, and
          the Future (ctd)
           The Importance of the

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