Climate Challenge

Yesterday we talked about Human impacts on the environment. We covered several topics including:

  • Acid Rain
  • Ozone layer depletion
  • Mass Extinction
  • Depletion of Natural Resources/Destruction of habitat
  • Climate Change
  • Invasive Species

Today we’ll be reviewing some case studies to determine the cause and solutions to some of these problems. After that, we’re going to play a game courtesy of the BBC. The game is called “Climate Challenge” and basically you get to run a country that is facing the threat of global climate change head on. You’ll have to balance protecting the earth, your citizens, and your job! Use the link below to reach the game (*note, if you are using a iOS device you will need to view this using the puffin app). Good luck, have fun, and learn something!

Climate Challenge – The Game

Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes… in the Environment

Yes its true Mr. Bowie (RIP), the only constant in life is change. The same goes for our environment. Forests didn’t just magically appear, and the great swamps that covered much of the midwest at one point didn’t either. Change occurred in slow and dramatic fashion. Today we’ll be learning about three different types of changes that occur in environments and, good news, this is the last section of our Ecology unit. Those changes are known as:

  • Primary Succession
  • Secondary Succession
  • Eutrophication

Below is a brief (less than 5 minutes) overview of these changes. What I’d like you to do is to 1. take the notes and 2. take a sheet of paper (preferably the one you picked up when you came in), turn it landscape (so that it is wider than it is tall) draw the images shown in the presentation when instructed. When you’re finished there are some review question to cover as well.

Here is a great example of Secondary Succession:

As a reminder, tomorrow in class our lab will require the use of open flames. So please no loose clothing and be prepared to tie your hair back.

Climate Challenge

Today we’ll be covering human impacts on the environment and discussing the ecological case studies we read about last week.  We’ll cover several topics including:

  • Acid Rain
  • Ozone layer depletion
  • Mass Extinction
  • Depletion of Natural Resources/Destruction of habitat
  • Climate Change
  • Invasive Species

After that, we’re going to play a game courtesy of the BBC. The game is called “Climate Challenge” and basically you get to run a country that is facing the threat of global climate change head on. You’ll have to balance protecting the earth, your citizens, and your job! Use the link below to reach the game (*note, if you are using a iOS device you will need to view this using the puffin app). Good luck, have fun, and learn something!

Climate Challenge – The Game

Climate Challenge

Yesterday we talked about Human impacts on the environment. We covered several topics including:

  • Acid Rain
  • Ozone layer depletion
  • Mass Extinction
  • Depletion of Natural Resources/Destruction of habitat
  • Climate Change
  • Invasive Species

Today we’ll be reviewing some case studies to determine the cause and solutions to some of these problems. After that, we’re going to play a game courtesy of the BBC. The game is called “Climate Challenge” and basically you get to run a country that is facing the threat of global climate change head on. You’ll have to balance protecting the earth, your citizens, and your job! Use the link below to reach the game (*note, if you are using a iOS device you will need to view this using the puffin app). Good luck, have fun, and learn something!

Climate Challenge – The Game

Flipping The Classroom

Biology, here’s what we’ve got going today. We’re going to flip the classroom… sort of. In a true flipped classroom, I’d send you home with the assignment of taking notes so we could discuss the topics brought up in class the next day. BUT, we’re going to tweak that idea just a little bit. Here’s what I’d like you to do…

  1. Normally, I would give you a list of questions and ask you to answer them to show what you know. To Flip-It, with your table create a list of questions (at least 3 per person) you would like to have the teacher answer for you to gain a better understanding of the topics we’ve covered (Organization, Relationships, Human Impacts, & Cycles). I’ll be around to answer your questions and confirm your readiness to move on (you’ll have to take a quiz to prove you’re ready to proceed).
  2. Take notes on “Energy Flow” (YouTube & PPT slides are available). Here is the PDF if you prefer notes on notability. If you’re going to do paper notes, you’ll need a blank sheet of computer paper folded twice to make three sections.
  3. Then complete the review activity & turn in any outstanding activities from last week. (Biome Books, Review Worksheets, Predator-Prey Lab, & Case Study Questions)

Before we depart…

You on spring break…

I know you are anxious to get out of the building and spend a week away having fun on spring break. Before you go though, I have a couple of questions about how you want to spend the next 3 weeks studying Ecology. Do me a favor and read the questionnaire below and answer the questions fully and honestly. After that, have a great break…

P.S. – We can’t wait to see your evolution projects on April 7th!