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Course description

Environmental Science Syllabus
Mrs. K. Korn

Topic Projects/Assignments Approximate length of unit
Introduction ? Explain long term assignments
? Fable for Tomorrow
? Discuss Rachael Carson 1 week
Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill ? Webquest
? Powerpoint
? Publisher
? Presentation
? Oil Spill Clean-up lab 2.5 weeks
Ecosystems ? How to use textbook
? Brainstorm (KWL)
? Organism biography 2.5 weeks
Evolution ? Natural Variety
? Natural Selection with Teddy Grahams 1 week
Diversity ? 6 Kingdoms Trifold
? Horton Hears a Who 1 week
Food Webs ? Video with packet
? Create a web
? Interdependency chart
? Calculating Land Area
? Calories (energy) in food 2 weeks
Nutrient Cycles ? Carbon Cycle video
? Carbon cycle balloon demo
? Fermentation Lab
? Nitrogen and Phosphorus Cycles Diagram and Poem
? Water Demos
? Water Cycle
? Water Cycle bracelet 3 weeks (includes 2 breaks)
Biomes ? Powerpoint
? Presentations
? Wordle
? Biome Poem
? Ecotourism 4 weeks
Topic Projects/Assignments Approximate length of unit
Pollution ? Pollution Movies (student created)
? Presentations
? Children?s books
? The Lorax
? Carbon Footprint 4 weeks
Energy ? Different Types and Transformations
? Energy on Stage
? Plug loads
? Energy Star labels
? Energy Guides
? Energy Efficiency and Conservation 3 weeks
Green Living
(Personal Accountability) ? Create a PSA (using moviemaker)
? Green living pamphlet
? Presentations 3 weeks
Population Ecology ? Pop Quiz
? Feeding the Worlds Hungry makes hunger Worse
? Population Ecology Game
? World Resources and Population Lab
? Growth curve lab 3 weeks
Careers ? Research Project
? Power point
? Presentations 2 weeks
Local Issue (final project) ? Research Project
? Power Point
? Poster
? Presentation 4 weeks
Review for final 1 week

? Safety Lab ? The students completed an activity teaching appropriate safety procedures in the laboratory
? Oil Spill Clean-up ? The students attempted to clean up an oil spill using various sorbents and oil booms that they created
? Natural Selection with Teddy Grahams ? The students examined the effect that predation and pollutions have on the distribution of genes in a prey population
? Creating a Food Web ? The students created food webs for an aquatic ecosystem; a tropical rainforest ecosystem and a local (temperate deciduous forest) ecosystem
? Predator-Prey relationships ? The students ran a computer simulation of predator-prey relationships and graphed the results using excel
? Flower Structure ? The students dissected a flower and a bulb and examined internal and external characteristics
? Project North ? The students participated in the National Project by planting tulip bulbs and monitoring their growth to determine when Spring arrived
? Owl Pellet Dissection ? The students dissected an owl pellet to see the types and quantities of prey consumed by an owl (a predator)
? Cookie Mine ? The students completed a simulation of a mining operation using a cookie.
? Properties of Water ? The students examined the properties of water and completed experiments showing adhesion; cohesion; capillary action; surface tension; chromatography; polarity and density
? Water Drop Races ? The students used the properties of water to race water droplets around a race track
? Ecological Footprint ? Through a series of experiments and questions; the students determined their ?carbon footprint? on the planet
? Land Area ? The students calculated how much land it took to support their diet based on the amount of meat and/or vegetables they consumed in their diets
? Bottled water vs. Tap water ? The students explored the pros and cons of bottled water and performed a taste test to determine their water preference
? Roll of the Dice ? The students used dice to simulate the growth and decline of a wolf population
? Turkey Trouble ? The students used dice to simulate the effects that human interference can have on the size of a wild turkey population
? A Woman?s Place ? The students completed a simulation showing how societal pressures can determine the number of children that a woman chooses to have
? Human Population Growth Computer Activity ? The students completed a computer simulation showing how the human population continues to grow exponentially
? Energy Audit ? The students examined their homes and schools to determine how energy was being used and made recommendations as to how energy could be conserved and used more efficiently
? Comparing Incandescent and CFL bulbs ? The students compared incandescent and compact fluorescent light bulbs for efficiency
? Comparing different types of insulation ? The students compared the efficiency and effectiveness of various types of insulation
? Reading energy star labels ? The students learned how to read an energy star label and how to calculate the true cost of an appliance (purchase price plus cost of operation)
? Analyzing kilowatt hours ? The students used a kill-o-watt meter to determine the amount of energy various appliances used and made recommendations for energy conservation at home and at school
? Greenhouse Effect ? The student used bottles and heat lamps to simulate the greenhouse effect
? Water Pollution ? The students created polluted water and showed how human activities can pollute water. The then proposed possible solutions for clean-up
? Acid Rain and Plant Growth ? The students monitored plant growth of two groups of plants; one treated with regular water and the other treated ?acid rain?
? Renewable energy ? The students performed various activities (created windmill; watermills; solar panels) to demonstrate how renewable energy works and show alternatives to the burning of fossil fuels

School country

United States

School state

New York

School city

East Amherst

High school


School / district Address

151 Paradise Rd

School zip code


Requested competency code

Lab Science

Date submitted



Approved competency code

  • LINT
  • Integrated science

Approved date

Online / Virtual