Pacing Calendar and Curriculum Plan for Withgott

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.

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.

Stick to it! This is item #1 on the 15 most important things a new AP teacher should know.

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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