UNIT 01: The first unit of the course will acquaint students with environmental science. It introduces much of the important theory, philosophy, rhetoric, and terminology, that will be used throughout the course.
UNIT 02: The second unit of APES is an introduction to ecology - the study of how living organisms interact with one another and with their surroundings.
UNIT 03: The third unit of APES will continue our study of ecology. It will focus on ecosystems and evolution. Refer to chapters 3 & 6 in your text.
UNIT 04: The fourth unit of APES will complete our study of ecology. This unit will focus on chapters 8 - 10.
UNIT 05: The fifth unit of APES begins a transition that brings the course from the study of ecology and earth science (the manner in which the Earth’s systems evolved to function) to the study of environmental science (environmental change, and the consequences of the interaction between humans and their environment). We will be looking at chapters 4 and 29 in this unit.
UNIT 06: The sixth unit of APES begins our study of energy. We will start with non-renewable energy such as fossil fuels and nuclear power and then we will move into renewable energy.. Fossil fuels, the most popular energy sources being used in the world today, are finite and will need to be replaced in the future. Potential replacements for fossil fuels are numerous and each has characteristic advantages and disadvantages. Please look at chapters 17-20.
UNIT 07: The seventh unit of APES begins our study of Food & Agriculture. In this unit we will study the basic nutritional needs of human beings, what happens when these needs are not met, and what is being done in an attempt to make certain that these needs are met for all people. We will also study agriculture, soils and soil conservation, and the “green revolution.” Please look at chapters 11-12.
OPTIONAL WINTER BREAK ASSIGNMENT: This is a reading list of GREAT environmental science books. Students can earn a bonus if they decide to read one of these books and complete the winter break assignment. I realize how hard you have worked this semester and how much you need a break so this assignment is OPTIONAL. BUT... it is a wonderful way not only to learn more about environmental science, but is a terrific opportunity to start off the semester with some extra points!
Unit 08: In this first unit of the spring semester we will examine wildlife management, land use, species protection, conservation, and preservation. Each of these things serve a role in determining how "natural" the Earth will ultimately be. Please read chapters 13 and 14 PRIOR to the lectures covering that material.
Unit 09: In the second unit of the spring semester we will examine the effects environmental hazards have on human health, as well as on the health of the environment, and an examination of the risks we face in our environment.
UNIT 10: This is perhaps the most relevant unit of study for environmental science students in Southern Arizona! We will examine issues relating to water supply, use, management and pollution. It is critical that students actively read (with notes!) chapters 21 and 22 before we go over the material in class.
Unit 11: This is our second to last unit of APES! We will be studying air pollution. Please read and actively take notes on chapters 23, 24, 25 and 26.
Unit 12: A Link Will Be Placed To The Right When We Begin This Unit
This final unit is a collection of topics that will complete our study of environmental science! Refer to chapters 27 and 30.
Unit 13: A Link Will Be Placed To The Right When We Begin Reviewing for the AP Exam
AP Exam Review
All files are stored in dropbox so that they are automatically updated online every time a change is made, whether it is in class or at home. Please install dropbox on your device and download each file into your dropbox for the current unit. The school wi-fi sometimes makes it hard to download the files at school if you do not already have dropbox installed.
In order to view most of the files on this website you will need to download and install a free copy of Adobe Acrobat.
We also have PowerPoints that students needs to print, review and take notes on BEFORE we explore the concepts in class. For this reason students must have access to them at home. Understandably, Microsoft Office is expensive so not everyone will be able to have it at home. If you have a PC running Windows, you can download Microsoft's FREE PowerPoint viewer which you can get here.
OpenOffice.org is a fully-featured office suite compatible with leading office products. With it you can open, modify and create PowerPoint presentations. For FREE!
Google Docs is a free ree web-based word processor and spreadsheet, which allow you share and collaborate online. It also allows you to create and export word files.
Our textbook Botkin, Keller: Environmental Science: Earth as a Living Planet, 6th Edition has resources available online!
APES Unit Downloads
Note: I am not teaching APES this year. I am just leaving the site up as a resource for other APES teachers and students
AP Environmental PowerPoints, Labs, Assignments and more are here!
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