I use Withgott and LaPosada’s Environment, the Science Behind the Stories, 5th edition for AP® Environmental Science. I’ve used Withgott for 12 years and love it. My students find it accessible and readable.
I analyzed all released multiple choice exams and FRQs to find out what percentage of each chapter is asked on the AP Exam. This guides my pacing for the year. The following is my Withgott pacing plan.
This is my Withgott pacing plan for the amount of time I spend on each chapter. I teach a traditional calendar from the middle of August through the first week of June–every day for 55 min. The rest of the document with labs, activities, and optional material can be found on this Google Sheet.
Its important to backwards plan. Mark every special day, holiday on your school calendar, then the date of the AP Exam and work backwards.
|Chapter in Environment: The Science Behind the Stories by Withgott and Laposata||Time||% of MC questions on released exams||% of FRQ questions 2003-2016|
|1. Science and Sustainability: An Introduction to Environmental Science||1 week|
|2. Earth’s Physical Systems: Matter, Energy and Geology||1 week||Chapters 1 and 2 is 5% of AP Exam (mostly Ch 2)||2% (all Ch 2)|
|3. Evolution, Biodiversity, and Population Ecology||1 week|
|4. Species Interactions and Community Ecology||1 week|
|5. Environmental Systems and Ecosystem Ecology||1/2 – 2 weeks||Chapters 3,4,5 is 12% of AP Exam (mostly Ch 4 and 5)||10%|
|6. Ethics, Economics and Sustainable Development||1/2- 1 week|
|7. Environmental Policy: Making Decisions and Solving Problems||1/2 week||Chapters 6 and 7 are 6 % of AP Exam (mostly Ch 7-laws)||5%|
|8. Human Population||1 1/2 weeks||Chapter 8 is 6% of AP Exam||2%|
|9. Soil and Agriculture||1 1/2 weeks|
|10. Agriculture, Biotechnology, and the Future of Food||1 1/2 weeks||Chapters 9 and 10 are 6% of AP Exam||11%|
|11. Biodiversity and Conservation Biology||1 week|
|12. Forests, Forest Management, and Protected Areas||1 week|
|13. The Urban Environment: Creating Sustainable Cities||1/2 week||Chapters 11, 12 and 13 are 7% of AP Exam||14%|
|14. Environmental Health and Toxicology||2 weeks||Chapter 14 is 6% of AP Exam||7%|
|15. Freshwater Systems and Resources||2 weeks|
|16. Marine and Coastal Systems and Resources||1 week||Chapters 15 and 16 are 11% of AP Exam (mostly Ch 15)||14% (mostly Chp 15)|
|17. Atmospheric Science, Air Quality and Pollution Control||2 weeks|
|18. Global Climate Change||1 – 1 1/2 weeks||Chapters 17 and 18 are 18% of AP exam (mostly Ch 17)||12%|
|Pass out 6 week study plan for AP Exam|
|19. Fossil Fuels, Their Impacts, and energy Conservation||1 week|
|20. Conventional Energy Alternatives||1 week|
|21. New Renewable Energy Alternatives||1 week||Chapters 19, 20 and 21 are 10% of AP Exam||14%|
|22. Managing our Waste||1/2 week|
|23. Minerals and Mining||1/2 week||Chapters 22 and 23 are 5% of AP Exam||9%|
|Review for AP Exam||2 weeks|
|After the AP Exam|
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