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 13 years and love it. My students find it accessible and readable. 

The following is my Withgott pacing plan based on the new Course and Exam Description.

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 alignment with the new CED  units, topics, and science practices can be found on this PDF.  

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 Labs  
1. Science and Sustainability: An Introduction to Environmental Science      
2. Earth’s Physical Systems: Matter, Energy and Geology 2 weeks for Chapters 1 and 2 including math diagnositic   Chapters 1 and 2 Exam
3. Evolution, Biodiversity, and Population Ecology   EcoColumns (lasts 3 months)  
4. Species Interactions and Community Ecology 3 weeks for Chapters 3 and 4

Owl Pellet Lab

Chapters 3 and 4 Exam
5. Environmental Systems and Ecosystem Ecology 2 weeks for Chapter 5 Productivity Lab  Chapter 5 Exam
Skip Chapter 6      
7. Environmental Policy: Making Decisions and Solving Problems (only the case study and 7.1)  

The Tragedy of the Commons Lab

8. Human Population 2 weeks for Chapters 7.1 and 8 Cemetery Lab Chapters 7 and 8 Exam
9. Soil and Agriculture   Chemistry of Soil with Ecocolumns  
10. Agriculture, Biotechnology, and the Future of Food 3 to 3 1/2 weeks for Chapters 9 and 10 Salinization Lab Chapters 9 and 10 Exam
11. Biodiversity and Conservation Biology      
12. Forests, Forest Management, and Protected Areas 2 weeks for Chapters 11 and 12

Island Biogeography 5E Lab

Trees and Forests 5E Lab

Chapters 11 and 12 Exam
13. The Urban Environment: Creating Sustainable Cities   Climate and Cities Experimental Design Lab  
14. Environmental Health and Toxicology 2 Weeks for Chapters 13 and 14

Biomagnification Lab

Toxins Lab

Chapters 13 and 14 Exam

Fall Semester Final Exam

15. Freshwater Systems and Resources  

Water Quality Testing 5E Lab

16. Marine and Coastal Systems and Resources 3 weeks for Chapters 15 and 16 Ocean Acidification Experimental Design Lab  Chapters 15 and 16 Exam
17. Atmospheric Science, Air Quality and Pollution Control 2 Weeks for Chapter 17

Particulates Experimental Design Lab

Chapter 17 Exam (exam is only one chapter due to the quantity of difficult information)
18. Global Climate Change 2 weeks for Chapter 18 Tree Rings and Climate Lab Chapter 18 Mini-Exam
Pass out 6 week study plan for AP Exam      
19. Fossil Fuels, Their Impacts, and energy Conservation  

Kill-A-Watt Lab

20. Conventional Energy Alternatives      
21. New Renewable Energy Alternatives 3 Weeks for Chapters 19, 20, 21   Chapters 19, 20, 21 Energy Exam
22. Managing our Waste      
23. Minerals and Mining 1 1/2 weeks for Chapters 22, 23, 24.1 Cookie Mining Lab Chapters 22 and 23 Mini-Exam
Review for AP Exam 3 weeks including the final exam before the AP exam   Final Exam
After the AP Exam   Solar Cookers  

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