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Hydrosphere Unit- Lessons, Worksheets, & Lab Activities

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    This is a bundle of 6 lessons for a high school earth science or ecology course designed to facilitate independent learning about freshwater and marine ecosystems and how they are impacted by human development. The lessons are ideal for sub plans or simply to encourage self-instruction of basic concepts.

    Looking for a digital version of these lessons to use for online teaching or 1:1 classrooms? Find the digital version here.

    Topics: properties of water, water cycle, cohesion, deforestation, acid rain, surface water, watersheds, eutrophication, riparian zones, groundwater, irrigation, aquifers, tragedy of the commons, marine productivity, sustainable fishing, aquaculture, coral reefs, oil spills, wetlands, water pollution, water quality

    *This bundle is part of my Environmental Science Course.

    Each lesson includes:

    1. Lesson- Content & vocabulary gained through internet links, videos, and/or PowerPoint presentations.

    2. Activities- Lab or activity designed to apply the concepts learned in the lesson.

    3. Digging Deeper- reading assignments for homework or warm-ups

    4. Data Analysis- graphs and raw data for student analysis and explanation

    5. Assessment- Quiz, assignment, exit ticket, or project as a culmination and review of lesson

    *Please note: These are not lecture-based lessons, so not every lesson includes a PowerPoint presentation. Most of the content is geared towards independent learning through web resources and videos, which makes them great for hybrid learning environments or substitute plans.

    **For details about the worksheets, slides, and activities included in this bundle, please click on the PREVIEW button above.**

    This curriculum is ideally geared towards high school students, but is appropriate for any student looking for an independent, student-centered approach to learning.

    ➤My Environmental Science Series includes lessons for each sphere of the earth:

    1. Hydrosphere Bundle (in digital/paperless or print versions)

    2. Biosphere Bundle (in digital/paperless or print versions)

    3. Atmosphere Bundle (in digital/paperless or print versions)

    4. Geosphere/Lithosphere (in digital/paperless or print versions)

    These lessons are designed to be easy to use for both students and teachers. Regardless of whether you've taught Environmental Science for years or just need a few quick lessons to add to your science curriculum, this is the perfect selection.

    What curriculum could I use with these lessons?

    This lesson is ideally geared towards high school students and would work well with a general level Environmental Science or Biology textbook. It addresses the following topics in AP Environmental Science (APES):

    • 1.3: Aquatic Biomes
    • 1.7: The Hydrologic (Water) Cycle
    • 1.8: Primary Productivity
    • 1.10: Trophic Levels
    • 4.6: Watersheds
    • 5.1: The Tragedy of the Commons
    • 5.5: Irrigation Methods
    • 5.8: Impacts of Overfishing
    • 5.9: Impacts of Mining
    • 5.10: Impacts of Urbanization
    • 5.12: Introduction to Sustainability
    • 5.16: Aquaculture
    • 8.1: Sources of Pollution
    • 8.2: Human Impacts on Ecosystems
    • 8.3: Endocrine Disruptors
    • 8.4: Human Impacts on Wetlands and Mangroves
    • 8.5: Eutrophication
    • 8.6: Thermal Pollution
    • 8.7: Persistent Organic Pollutants
    • 8.8: Bioaccumulation and Biomagnification
    • 8.11: Sewage Treatment
    • 8.12: Lethal Does 50% (LD50)
    • 8.14: Pollution and Human Health
    • 9.5: Global Climate Change
    • 9.6: Ocean Warming
    • 9.7: Ocean Acidification
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    to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
    Use a computer simulation to model the impact of proposed solutions to a complex real-world problem with numerous criteria and constraints on interactions within and between systems relevant to the problem.
    Analyze a major global challenge to specify qualitative and quantitative criteria and constraints for solutions that account for societal needs and wants.
    Analyze geoscience data to make the claim that one change to Earth’s surface can create feedbacks that cause changes to other Earth systems. Examples should include climate feedbacks, such as how an increase in greenhouse gases causes a rise in global temperatures that melts glacial ice, which reduces the amount of sunlight reflected from Earth’s surface, increasing surface temperatures and further reducing the amount of ice. Examples could also be taken from other system interactions, such as how the loss of ground vegetation causes an increase in water runoff and soil erosion; how dammed rivers increase groundwater recharge, decrease sediment transport, and increase coastal erosion; or how the loss of wetlands causes a decrease in local humidity that further reduces the wetland extent.
    Evaluate claims, evidence, and reasoning that the complex interactions in ecosystems maintain relatively consistent numbers and types of organisms in stable conditions, but changing conditions may result in a new ecosystem. Examples of changes in ecosystem conditions could include modest biological or physical changes, such as moderate hunting or a seasonal flood; and, extreme changes, such as volcanic eruption or sea level rise.
    Evaluate or refine a technological solution that reduces impacts of human activities on natural systems. Examples of data on the impacts of human activities could include the quantities and types of pollutants released, changes to biomass and species diversity, or areal changes in land surface use (such as for urban development, agriculture and livestock, or surface mining). Examples for limiting future impacts could range from local efforts (such as reducing, reusing, and recycling resources) to large-scale geoengineering design solutions (such as altering global temperatures by making large changes to the atmosphere or ocean).


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