Unit 6

Unit 6 Outline of Assignments and vocab list




Test Review Guide



February 13, 2019

Today students completed the registration form to take the AP Environmental Exam.  Students were provided a copy of the opt-out form to take home to their parents if they decided they did not want to take the AP Exam.

Students read the Introduction and Chapter One of Gross Deceptive Product by Russell England.  We will be reading a chapter each week and writing a reflection as to how the book relates to what students are learning in class.  Students who are absent will need to come before school (7:45am) or during the first half of their lunch to make up a reading day.

Students can purchase their own book.  They are available for less than $10 on Amazon.


February 14, 2019

Introduction to Geology.


We discussed the three geologic boundaries today – convergent, divergent, and transform fault along with specific examples.  You learned about a different hotspot today, the one responsible for the Hawaiian Island chain.  We discussed the cause of earthquakes, tsunamis, mountain building, and how volcanoes are constructed.  You learned the Mid-Atlantic Ridge is the longest mountain chain in the word and is located in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.  The mid-Atlantic ridge is responsible for the formation of Iceland.

Picture below of Mid-Atlantic Ridge in Iceland.

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Satellite Image of the Himalayan Mountain range created by convergent plate boundaries – Indian continental plate pushing into the Eurasian continental plate

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Volcano in New Mexico

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Volcano in Arizona near Grand Canyon

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Africa’s Great Rift Valley

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February 19, 2019

Topics of discussion was the rock cycle, soil, and soil formation.


February 20, 2019

Today we read Chapter 2 of Gross Domestic Product.  Students had to take notes as they read over the following:

  • how does Chapter 2 connect to IPAT (Environmental Impact = Population x Affluence x Technology
  • how does GDP connect to the environment
  • what is the connection between environmental economics and externalities

This type of assignment requires students to think more because the connections may or may not be obvious.  Students are to write a 1 to 1. 5 page summary (can be handwritten or typed).  The summary should reflect upon the questions above.  Students should refer to a page number and a specific line or lines.  This assignment should be done by Friday, but it will not be collected Friday.  Plan accordingly.

The second half of class had students creating a soils mindmap.  The mindmap should include the following:

  • soil formation
  • soil horizons
  • soil permeability
  • soil texture (sand, silt, clay)
  • Cation exchange capacity
  • soil degradation – how human activities affect soil

Homework tonight is to complete the mindmap and complete Module 25 if not already done so.  Completion of this homework assignment will have you ready for tomorrow’s activity.

February 21, 2019

Anyone absent today needs to contact me about making up the activity today.  Today you learned how to calculate percentages of sand, silt, and clay in a soil sample and then how to use the soil texture triangle to determine the type of soil.

Activity: How to determine soil texture and soil type.



February 22, 2019

Discussion was centered on groundwater terminology.  Students should have a better understanding of aquifers, artesian wells, water table, cone of depression, and saltwater intrusion.

February 25, 2019

Discussion today was over groundwater issues, particularly water usage issues.  Students should be able to compare and contrast the Aral Sea disaster with the Salton Sea disaster after class today.

Homework: Watch the Aral Sea video today or tomorrow.  Work on Module 27.  All Modules should be completed by the start of class Thursday, February 28.


FRQ Example

[Dams were a topic for the 2017 AP Exam…therefore will not be a topic for the 2019 AP Exam…will be multiple-choice questions]

  • Define keystone species.
  • Describe TWO reasons as to why it is important to restore the river so salmon can swim upstream to their native spawning grounds.
  • Removal of dams also means the release of sediments trapped behind the dam. Describe TWO environmental consequences of increase turbidity in a stream or river.
  • Explain why it is important to allow sediments to flow downstream to the coast.
  • Identify TWO reasons why dams are important (besides clean power generation).
  • Water diversion projects happen all around the world. Identify a major water diversion project, other than dams, and describe ONE way this diversion project has led to environmental degradation.


February 26, 2019

After the pop quiz students read Chapter 3 of Gross Deceptive Product by Russ England.  While reading Chapter 3 students needed to reflect upon the following: producers vs. consumers, habitat vs. niche, carrying capacity, limiting factors, range of tolerance, and storm water runoff.  At the end of your reflection write a paragraph as to whether you agree or disagree with the last paragraph of Chapter 3 (support with examples).

Remember to look back at the sample reflection I emailed to you last week.  Write about connections – connect to what you have been learning about for unit 6.

February 27, 2019

Today we discussed desalination pros and cons and then students were provided time to study for vocabulary quiz and the test.

Here is a video about how mining impacts groundwater.


February 28, 2019

It was Whiteboard Day.  We had some very impressive presentations today.  The SHOUT OUT goes to THIRD PERIOD – EXCELLENT, SUPERB, AWESOME CLOSURE!

Vocab quiz tomorrow.

March 4, 2019

Part 1 of Unit 6 Test (FRQ) and Pop QUiz #4

Anyone absent needs to email Mrs. Brown about makeup which will take place this week before school (7:30am) or during first half of your lunch.


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