UPDATED! When I first taught APES I was really overwhelmed and lost, tying to figure out what to teach and when to teach it. If this is you, take a look at what I’ve put together. This could be the answer for you – a plan, resources, and student materials for the whole year.
One of the best things about teaching APES is that other teachers know how hard it was to be a beginner, so they’re willing to share everything with you. The downside to this is that you are immediately overwhelmed with TONS of great stuff, but everybody teaches in their own unique style and in their own order. The College Board content guide is very general, so it’s hard to know how “deep” to teach. Even the textbooks and review books are all different in the sequence and depth of topics presented. Being a very sequential person, who likes to be planned, I was drowning my first year planning and teaching APES (even though I have been a teacher over 20 years!)
After years I FINALLY have it figured out, and I have to give a tremendous THANK YOU to Paul Anderson of Bozeman Science. His publicly available videos follow the same sequence as the College Board content guide for APES, so I decided to follow him. I now have a consistent, thorough, high quality plan for delivering APES content with essential questions and learning targets to “anchor” my instruction. Of course, this is only a foundation and I supplement with regular activities, labs, discussions, field trips, debates, movie clips, etc. to bring the course alive. But with these note guides, I can be sure the students are exposed to all the content they need for success on the AP exam.
I like it. My administrators like it. Other teachers I’ve shared it with like it. If you need to bring order and structure to your APES course so you feel a little more grounded and sane, you’ll like it too.
100% editable and printable MS word and PowerPoint files.
Your purchase includes:
1) 8 complete PowerPoints, one for each unit (units correspond exactly with College Board course content guide)
2) 8 cover page/organizer for each unit’s note guides, including essential questions and key diagrams
3) 35 complete topic note guides, corresponding to full content for all 8 units. Each note guide…
• is 3-7 pages long, depending on the topic
• corresponds precisely to one of 35 sequential Bozeman AP Environmental Science videos (on YouTube)
• includes essential questions for the unit (called the “Big Idea”)
• includes concept map of the topic, corresponding exactly to Bozeman video
• includes all learning targets for that topic (ensures you don’t miss covering any key content)
• provides space for student to take notes on each learning target (directs student to specific PowerPoint slides or page numbers in a Barron’s review book – you can easily edit these to match whatever book you choose)
4) my personal email address if you encounter any problems or have questions
Sequence of units:
Unit 0 Introduction to Environmental Science – Topics 1-2
Unit 1 Earth Systems – Topics 3-6
Unit 2 Living World – Topics 7-11
Unit 3 Populations – Topics 12-15
Unit 4 Land and Water – Topics 16-21
Unit 5 Energy – Topics 22-28
Unit 6 Pollution – Topics 29-32
Unit 7 Global Change – Topics 33-35