Environmental biology includes the scientific study of how living things interact with their environment. Included in this class are the basics of biology (the study of living things and their essential processes) as well as environmental issues like watersheds, wetlands, and aquatic ecosystems, agriculture and land use, sustainability, pest management, pollution control, waste management, and environmental health issues. This class is designed to teach you to think and do science within the context of biology and environmental issues.
This is a community science, project-oriented class. While there will be some lecture, the majority of the classwork is small group and individual projects. Homework is generally limited to completion of work started in class. We work closely with the civics class to complete service learning projects related to the class and with Language Arts to increase liuteracy in the science class. In addition, most of the projects will be tailored to make them specific to your program area.
Success is simple - show up for class, do the work.
All of our assignments and classwork will be posted in Google Classroom and cross posted to the eSchool system - just click on the link and you will be able to see the assignment.
My grading policies are pretty simple... do the work and you earn points. How well you do determines how many points you get. If you're not happy with the points when get the assignment back you can remediate the work for more points. No matter how low a grade you got, no matter how badly you did, as long as you submitted work you can fix it and do better.
However, if you don't do the work it's a zero. I wil not accept late work. It's a zero and you can't make that up. Nor can you fix a zero. So make sure you submit SOMETHING by the due date.
Over the course of the year, you will be studying:
Unifying Themes of Science
Nature of Science
Characteristics of Living Things and Organization of Living Things
Energy Flow, Material Transport and Homeostasis, and Change in Living Things
Water and the Basic Chemistry of Living Things
Applying Science and Technology to Agriculture
Sustainability, IPM, Pollution, and Waste Management
Human Health Issues
Watersheds, Wetlands, and Aquatic Ecosystems
In addition to some notes and quizzes, some computer work and classwork, there will be lots of opportunities for individual and group projects related to many of these topics.
Some notable projets are:
Going Outside Project
Science Book Report
Population Video Project