Ready to go nearly paperless? Do your students have access to a computer cart or their own devices? Do you want to teach an interactive Environmental Science course with Ready-to-Teach lessons and activities? The Interactive refers to actual student activities, getting the students to do and experience stuff: see videos, read articles, listen to podcasts, perform mini-labs, engage in debates, create projects, make journal entries, play learning games, analyze, summarize, or illustrate lesson concepts...Interactive does not refer to gimmicky animations during the lesson presentations.
This zipped file contains READY-TO-TEACH and EDITABLE Word Block Plans and Smart Notebook based Lessons and all the supporting handouts and assessments you need to serve as the foundation for the entire first semester/90 class periods of Environmental Science from beginning to end. (Don't have Smart Notebook yet? You really should not proceed until you check out the free sample download for unit 1 below to see if it works and a description of what options you have.)
Although it is a general level course, students are brought to go beyond lower level memorization of facts and strive for application, analysis, and synthesis of concepts through journal entries and projects. The depth and rigor are that of a high school general/introduction level course, but the Units of study are based on the recommended topics by the AP college board, are ready for differentiated instruction and discussion as determined by the instructor, and can either stand alone or be supplemented with any traditional or online Environmental Science textbook. The Units of study include:
Unit 1: Earth's Systems and Resources (4 FREE sample lessons )
Unit 2: The Living World (1 FREE sample lesson)
Unit 3: Populations (1 FREE sample lesson)
Unit 4: Land and Water Use
and each of the Units 5-8 are available separately.
WHAT DO I NEED?
The Zipped file and each of the Units within the zipped file are self-sufficient, with built-in interactivity and hyperlinks. They are designed, by necessity, to be ready for the experienced teacher to teach and reteach after only a brief pre-class viewing. SMART NOTEBOOK SOFTWARE IS REQUIRED. To see if you have Smart notebook software, simply check out
this free sample lesson that illustrates this curriculum and how I teach. If the sample lesson doesn't work, then before you make any purchases you should ask your school's tech support to have the software installed.
[If necessary, the lessons can be also be effectively (but not ideally) delivered using little more than the completely free online smart express software
with a mouse and any computer-to-projector setup. There will be some formatting issues, but it can work in a pinch or for previewing]. An interactive whiteboard/projector/touchscreen is recommended, but not required, in order to most effectively deliver the lessons. The real interactivity is in the guided and independent activities that supplement each lesson. Many lessons require internet access for the instructor and students and are optimized for a one-to-one computer environment. Some of these independent activities can also be adapted to a whole-class guided activity if your computer resources are limited to a single teacher computer.
WHAT WILL I GET WITH THIS PRODUCT?:
This product is a zipped file which includes all of the digital material needed to teach the equivalent of the first Semester in a year long High School Environmental Science course. You can click here to view a TPT video overview of this product.
Suggested and editable Word block plans are included for each of the four units. Planned content spans for over 85 days, including 71 Smart notebook lessons. [135 files/resources are included within the zipped folder] Lessons follow the Madeline Hunter approach with the average lesson consisting of about 20 minutes of "tell me" and/or "show me" and 20 minutes of "Involve me." Unit and Semester review guides and tests are included. Tests require critical thinking and application of the material covered in class. A feedback site such as Socrative is an excellent compliment for review and feedback while teaching any of the lessons. To this end there is an optional blank "review" page at the start of each lesson for instructors to insert or conduct their own review of content or concepts from prior lesson(s).
PLEASE NOTE: Permission to reproduce, use, and modify this curriculum within the classroom is granted solely to the purchaser/owner of the zipped file. The curriculum is the result of hundreds of hours of work by a professional licensed educator who has taught in both public and private high schools and has a masters in environmental education. Environmental science can be a very political topic, and as such instructors must be aware of their own personal biased so that they do not force their own agenda but rather allow students to arrive at their own ideas by applying their own critical thinking. Instructors should be aware that the first and last few lessons of this product contain direct Biblical references. These references contribute tremendous historical perspective. They are accurate quotations of the historical Judeo-Christian worldview which has guided human environmental practices through past centuries. If the user wishes to completely omit the Biblical content, for teaching in a public school, then they may do so. Two versions of these lessons, one with and one without the references, are provided when appropriate. Even so, the user is reminded that this curriculum has been designed for the instructor to remain objective, to encourage students to identify and critique the different worldviews, to prompt discussion of environmental issues, and to apply their own critical thinking.
It is my goal that through a balanced, interactive, and comprehensive curriculum students grow to better understand and appreciate the many relationships and interdependence within nature and grow excited about how much there is to yet learn and explore.
OTHER RELATED PRODUCTS:
Several lessons from this curriculum are available as free downloads in my store.
Other Complete Units in this full year, two semester, course include:
Unit 1: Earth's Systems and Resources
Unit 2: The Living World
Unit 3: Populations
Unit 4: Land and Water Use
Unit 5: Energy Resources and Consumption
Unit 6: Pollution
Unit 7: Global Change
Unit 8: Environmental Research
For a discounted price and additional resources (such as semester reviews, exams, and projects) please consider purchasing these Entire Semester products in my store:
Environmental Science: Semester 1 -Interactive Smart Curriculum (You are currently viewing this)
Environmental Science: Semester 2 -Interactive Smart Curriculum.