This full year curriculum was written to the highest standards of AP Environmental Science and IB Environmental Systems and Societies and can be used by teachers of General Environmental Science and Earth Science to satisfy their state requirements. Besides preparing students for success on standardized exams, the impact of the activities in this curriculum cannot be overstated–each student has a personal and unique response to the material and the course changes the way they live their lives.
The strong structure and detailed directions provided by AP* Environmental Science Daily Lesson Plans were designed to help relieve the pressures of day-to-day preparation and facilitate engaging and effective instruction. Experienced teachers will find AP* Environmental Science Daily Lesson Plans useful for energizing their current curriculum with visual, kinesthetic and auditory activities that broaden their students’ interest and understanding, while new teachers will use the Plans to navigate the course material and time management challenges that can be so difficult in the first year. AP* Environmental Science Daily Lesson Plans has been designed not only to convey all of the information necessary, at the level of depth necessary, for students to be well prepared for the exam, but also to stimulate curiosity and render each topic meaningful and interesting. Activities are varied and include scavenger hunts, model building, group simulations of processes, use of personal experiences, service-learning projects, field trips and more—all of which have been proven to stimulate students’ appetites for learning and inspire quests for more knowledge.
Many teachers feel they must resort to lecture-driven class periods in order to cover all of the material and to clarify difficult concepts. However, in AP* Environmental Science Daily Lesson Plans, simple techniques are used to make teaching more enjoyable and gratifying for the teacher and more engaging and effective for the student. The Plans’ teacher demonstrations, puzzles, games and wide variety of peer-teaching exercises turn the classroom into a student-centered, kinesthetic-learning arena, in which complex information is conveyed and misconceptions are clarified in a way that is fun and memorable.
The AP science courses are exciting because they offer in-depth scientific training. AP* Environmental Science Daily Lesson Plans facilitates this training in that it prepares all students from the base up. It incorporates a review of prerequisite material, assignments that teach students how to effectively use their textbook, lessons and continual practice in writing “free response” essays, and guidance on how to take notes during topic discussions and learning activities. Study skills are incorporated into each day’s lesson plan, so that the teacher does not have to turn away a student who is curious but not as well prepared.
If you are looking for ways to demand more of your students, refine formative assessment or simply want to freshen-up your methods, consider attending the Critical Thinking Activities for Teaching Ecology Summer Workshop. Check it out on the Summer Workshops page.