Unit 1 AP® Environmental Science

These are resources for Unit 1 of the Course and Exam Description for AP®  Environmental Science . No one will do all of these items, because of the lack of time. Choose the ones that best serve your students, lab equipment and what seems fun to you! Click for first week of school ideas (Unit 0)

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Unit 1 Lessons, Labs and Resources

TopicActivities/Alternate Content Ideas (Film for distance learning)VideosLabsArticlesIdeas for Distance Learning Labs
1.1Introduction to EcosystemsSet Up Ecocolumns which run for 2-3 months
Planet Earth Shallow SeasPredator/Prey Lab (Many kids do this in Biology)Prey Lab Simulation
1.2Terrestrial BiomesBiome ChartThe Guide: Gorongosa National Park (Free HHMI video)Importance of Rain Forests EEI readingExploring Biomes in Gorongosa National Park
Virtual Biome Climatograph Card SortAltered Biomes-ESRI Virtual Lab

HHMI Biome Viewer
1.3Aquatic BiomesOrigami EstuariesCoastal Wetlands EEI readingOrigami Estuaries can be sent home
Data Nuggets: Salt Marsh
Virtual Tour of Intertidal Zone
1.4The Carbon CycleBioGeochemical Cycle Diagram/Doodle Notes TPTPhotosynthesis and Cellular Respiration Kit-A ThINQ! Investigation
1.5The Nitrogen CycleTraveling Nitrogen CycleNitrogen Cycle Challenge
1.6The Phosphorus CycleBioGeochemical Cycle Diagram/Doodle Notes TPT
1.7The Hydrologic (Water) CycleGorongosa’s Water Cycle

You can make your own cloud-at home lab
1.8Primary ProductivityGPP/NPP Video LabProductivity of the Light in the Deep Sea Lab from Monterey Bay AquariumPrimary Productivity ESRI Virtual Lab
1.9Trophic LevelsReindeer Carcasses and Trophic Levels
1.10.Energy Flow and the 10% RuleOwl Pellet LabText Analysis WorksheetVirtual Owl Pellet Dissection
1.11Food Chains and Food WebsCreating Chains and Webs to Model Ecological Relationships. HHMI

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