Ecosystems Assignments

"All things come from the Earth, and to Earth they all return" Menander (342 - 290 B.C.)

This is where students will find the brief listing for what is happening in the Sustainable Ecosystems Use class each day, what the outside of class work is and what is due for each day. Also, supporting resources in the form of links to websites, pages and documents will be listed with what is to be worked on. For more specific details on what happens in class or for the outside of class work, please visit the specific dates you are looking for on the Ecosystems Calendar and click on "more details." 

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August 8, 2012 Ecosystems Portfolio Set-Up, Overview of summer work None Bring Yourself!  
August 9, 2012 Lab Book Distribution, Goals, Top 10 Myths & Big Ideas Read Group article (if not finished in class)   
August 10, 2012 Introduction: Sust Big Ideas & Myths Presentations Begin Consideration for Research Ideas for Semester Research Completed Presentation/Discusion for Ideas & Myths  
August 13, 2012 Matter Cycles & Human Impact: What is Matter? How it changes? What are cycles? LITE P. 47 Review #4 None  
August 14, 2012 Introduction to feedback loops, Biological Matter Make Ups (TMBG Elements), Intro unit project and start of matter sheet  LITE P. 47 Review # 9 LITE P. 47 Review #4  Matter Cycle Spreadsheet - Cycle Descriptors 
August 15, 2012 Hydrological Cycle Terminology (Unit 1 Formal Notes) Start of initial planning of CREST Garden Nutrient Cycle Project LITE P. 75 Review # 9 LITE P. 47 Review # 9 Matter Cycle Spreadsheet - Cycle Descriptors 
August 16, 2012 Matter Cycles & Human Impact: Assistantship Intro, Research Clarification, Carbon Cycle: Terminology, Natural/Artificial Sources, Human Inputs Matter Cycle Sheet Completion (Hydrological & Carbon Cycles) LITE P. 75 Review # 9  
August 17, 2012 Matter Cycles & Human Impact: Nitrogen Cycle, Cycles Project Cycles Project Continued Work on Cycles Project  
August 17, 2012 Matter Cycles & Human Impact: Nitrogen Cycle: Terminology, Natural/Artificial Sources, Human Inputs 2nd Half: Students plan and start work on CREST Garden Nutrient Cycle Displays LITE p. 75, Critical Thinking # 7 & 8, Continued work on respective cycle for CREST garden display LITE P. 75 Review # 9  
August 20, 2012 Matter Cycles & Human Impact: CE, Phosphorus Cycle, Matter Signs Matter Cycle Descriptor Sheet: Phosphorus Cycle CE: Trey, Semester Research Project: Initial Partners & Initial Ideas  
August 21, 2012 (Early Release) Matter Cycles & Human Impact: CE, Sulfuric Cycle & Cycle Displays Continued work on Cycle Discriptors: Sulfur Cycle CE: Alex, LITE p. 75, Critical Thinking # 7 & 8  
August 22, 2012 Matter Cycles & Human Impact: CE, Complete Sulfur, Finish design of matter signs and start construction Conitnued work on cycle descriptor sheet: Whole Sheet CE: John, H20, C, N, P cycles complete Taking Stock of Campus Sustainability 
August 23, 2012 Matter Cycles & Human Impact CE: Construction of signs Complete Matter Cycle Descriptors, Complete Signs for Matter Cycle (if Possible), Article Discussion CE: Itzel, Matter Cycles Sheet Completed  
August 24, 2012 Matter Cycles & Human Impact: CE, Unit Test, Tour of Matter Cycles Signs Read LITE p. 140. Answer p. 159 Review #1 CE: Andrew, Matter cycle sign posts completed & staked into the ground Nitrogen Study Could 'Rock' A Plant's World 
August 27, 2012 Atmosphere & Biomes: CE, Finish Matter Cycle Tours, Initial Unit Vocabulary, Wind/Water/Landscape Dynamics LITE P. 159 Review #2,  CE: Adam, Semester Research Project: Solidified Project & Chosen Idea National Geographic Notes 
August 28, 2012 Atmosphere & Biomes: CE, Unit 1 Exam, Atmosphere Dynamics Lessons LITE Thinking about question, p. 145 (End of 7 - 1) CE: Sage, LITE Ch. 7 Review #2  
August 29, 2012 Atmosphere & Biomes: CE, Lesson Presentations,  LITE p. 159 review #4 CE: Heather, LITE Thinking About Question, P. 145 World Climates & Biomes 
August 30, 2012 Atmosphere & Biomes Completion of world biomes map pieces Coloring of map to correspond to biome CE: Abdel, LITE p. 159 review #4  
August 31, 2012 Atmosphere & Biomes: Desert Biome, Article Discussion, Biome Map Drawing Coloring of biomes on group given sheet (refer to p. 146 f. 7-8) CE: Ivette, (last night HW not distributed) Article Discussion: Hurricane Isaac's floods top Louisiana levee on anniversary of Katrina  
September 3, 2012 No School: Labor Day    
September 4, 2012 Atmosphere & Biomes: PE Grassland, Biome Mapping and Construction  LITE p. 159 Review #7 CE: Corey, Colored biome maps  
September 5, 2012 Atmosphere & Biomes: PE Temperate/Alpine Forest, Biome Mapping and Construction  Biome Economic & Equity Mapping CE: Nikita, LITE p. 159 Review #7  
September 6, 2012 Atmosphere & Biomes: PE Rainforest, Biome Mapping and Construction  Biome Economic & Equity Mapping CE: None, PE Temperate Forest  
September 7, 2012 Atmosphere & Biomes: PE Polar & Tundra, Biome Mapping and Construction  Observations for research project, Completed Biome work (map, PE, Terrarium) CE: None, PE Rainforest   
September 10, 2012 Natural Capital: Students need day to complete biome reconstructions Completed Terrarium Biomes & Maps CE: Tri, Semester Research Project: Initial Field Observations & Inferences  
September 11, 2012 Natural Capital: Biome Presentations, Natural Goods & Services, Value, Eco Services None CE: Nick, Constructed Biomes in Aquariums  Ecosystems Services 
September 12, 2012 Natural Capital: CE, Ecosystem Servies - Provisioning, Regulating, Supporting, Cultural None CE: Austin  
September 13, 2012 Natural Capital: CE, Millenium Ecosystem Assessment Groupings LITE p. 218 Science Focus & CT Question: Ready to discuss CE: Kayla, None Millenium Ecosystem Assessment 
September 14, 2012 Natural Capital: CE, Continuation and completion of 9/13, p. 218 discussion Project observations, services group sheet  CE: Millenium Ecosystem Assessment 
September 17, 2012 No School    
September 18, 2012 Natural Capital: CE, Question discussion, Start of PVHS Natural Capital research   Millenium Ecosystem Assessment Report  
September 19, 2012 Natural Capital: PVHS Nat Cap Lab: Obsv analysis of campus systems using framework Research Project Literature Review, Article Readings for Friday  Natural Capital Framework 
September 20, 2012 Natural Capital: CE, Ecology Explorers Visit Revisit and redraft project ideas after EE visit  Adjusted semester research for EE visit - Protocols  Ecology Explorers  
September 21, 2012 Natural Capital: Completion of PVHS Nat Cap Analysis & Service Presentation  Read Article Posted, Work on Literature Review   
September 24, 2012 Natural Capital CE, Outside Events/Research Updates, Aquatics Ecosystem Discussion,Components of aquatic ecosystems, differences in varieties Complete PVHS Natural Capital Lab, ready for presentation None  
September 25, 2012 Natural Capital: CE, Unit Exam, Nat Cap Presentations, EE tools demonstration Semester Project Work: Literature Review & Hypothesis Completed PVHS Natural Capital Lab & Presentation  
September 26, 2012 No School    
September 27, 2012 No School    
September 28, 2012 No School    
October 1, 2012 Aquatic Ecosystems: PVHS Aquatic Ecosystems Lab Comparison: PVHS Pond & Tilapia Fish Tanks Needed edits on aquatic ecosystem lab Literature Review (6 Sources) & Formal Hypothesis for Semester Research Project  
October 2, 2012 Aquatic Ecosystems: Data/Sample Analysis of aquatic ecosystems, start of lab analysis Complete Initial Data Analysis Gathered and prepared data samples from day prior  
October 3, 2012 Aquatic Ecosystems: Data Analysis, Conclusion, Error Analysis & Summary to PVHS aquatics lab, 2 peer reviews Complete Self Review of lab, read article for discussion   
October 4, 2012 Aquatic Ecosystems: LITE Notes (see calendar) Article Discussion Reading Completed & Reviewed PVHS Aquatics Lab   
October 5, 2012 Aquatic Ecosystems: Unit Exam, Article Discussion, Portfolio & Research Work Continued research work Article Read, Studied for Exam Article Discussion: To Save the Reef, Kill the Starfish 
October 8, 2012 Population: Pop dynamic essentials: Carrying Capacity, Limiting Factors, Responses LITE P. 124 2-3 Paragraph Critical Thinking Response in Assignments (Cite LITEPages in text) None  
October 9, 2012 Population: Where's the growth?, J curve, reading pop graphs & interpretations LITE p. 137 Review #2 P. 124 Critical Response  Google Data! 
October 10, 2012 Population: Agricultural/Industrial/Technological (1st/2nd/3rd World), Start of individual portraits  Complete outline of portrait LITE p. 137 Review #2 100 People: A World Portrait 
October 11, 2012 Population: Development of world individual portrait Continued portrait work Completed outline of world individual outline Glogster for Students 
October 12, 2012 Population: Work/complete portraits, article discussion Complete Portrait Continued portrait work Article Discussion: WIth 7 Billion on Earth, a Huge Task Before Us 
October 15, 2012 Population: Present Portraits, Creation of Age Graphs Complete age graphs if need be Semester Research Project: Procedure & Materials How to make an age pyramid graph in google spreadsheet 
October 16, 2012 Population:     
October 17, 2012 Population:    
October 18, 2012 Population: Consult Sub Plans (Bernier Out for PhD Colloquium)   Class Plans 
October 19, 2012 Population: Consult Sub Plans (Bernier Out for PhD Colloquium)   Article Discussion: A Tale of Three Islands 
October 22, 2012 Biodiversity & Species Loss: Consult Sub Plans (Bernier Out for PhD Colloquium)   Class Plans 
October 23, 2012 Biodiversity & Species Loss: Consult Sub Plans (Bernier Out for PhD Colloquium)    
October 24, 2012 Biodiversity & Species Loss: Consult Sub Plans (Bernier Out for Ethics Conference)    
October 25, 2012 Biodiversity & Species Loss: Complete Late Portraits, NPR Poaching, Benefits of Biodiversity LITE p. 97 r#2 Work from Substitute Plans  Poachers Decimate Tanzania's Elephant Herds 
October 26, 2012 Biodiversity & Species Loss: Species Dynamics & Numbers, Top Reasons for Species Loss Data Collection of Semester Research LITE p. 97 r#2  
October 29, 2012 Biodiversity & Species Loss: Hurricane Sandy Lab Analysis Completed Hypothesis Semester Data Collection (continuing)  
October 30, 2012 Biodiversity & Species: Sandy Lab Analysis, Causes of Species Loss, Examples & Stories of Invasive species and Habitat Loss Complete first three slides of invasive presentation None  
October 31, 2012 Biodiversity & Species Loss: Sandy Lab Analysis, Complete Invasive Species Presentation, Start Endangered Species Presentation    
November 1, 2012 Biodiversity & Species Loss: Endangered Species Analysis and Creation Complete Sandy Lab Analysis Invasive Species Presentations  
November 2, 2012 Biodiversity & Species Loss: Presentation of Invasive Species, Article Discussion Data Collection for Semester Research Project, Completion of Endangered Species Presentation (if not completed in class) Complete Sandy Lab Analysis, Invasive Species Presentation Invasive Species: WHy not just eat them?  
November 5, 2012 Pollution (Point & Non-Point): Endangered Species Presentation, Start pollution terms LITE p. 25 r#6 Endangered Species Presentation, Furthered Semester Data Research  
November 6, 2012 (Early Release) Pollution (Point & Non-Point): Types of Pollution and where to find them, Biodegradable v Non-Biodegradable Outside Work LITE p. 25 r#6 PVHS Solid Pollution Presentation 
November 7, 2012 Pollution (Point & Non-Point) CE: Point & Non-Point Pollution on Campus Digital Hunt Lab Upload pictures to pvLearners, share with team and load to presentation None Climate Crisis 
November 8, 2012 Pollution (Point & Non-Point): Point & Non-Point Pollution Digital Hunt Analysis  Complete Lab Analysis Uploaded and shared pictures, started presentation   
November 9, 2012 Pollution (Point & Non-Point): Solid Waste - Industrial, Municipal, hazardous/toxic, production % & examples pie charts Semester Research Project Data Collection  PVHS Point & Non Point Pollution Presentation   
November 12, 2012 No School    
November 13, 2012 Pollution (Point & Non-Point): Continuation of Solid Waste visual pie charts, LITE question (HW) LITE p. 585 Review #2 Semester Research Project: All Data Collected  
November 14, 2012 Pollution (Point & Non-Point): Water pollution terms, sources, causes. Start of polluted body of water profile story Claim polluted body of water on Sustainable Ecosystems Group Forum, LITE p. 558 Review #2 LITE p. 585 Review #2  
November 15, 2012 Pollution (Point & Non-Point): Creation of polluted bodies of water case study stories. Complete case studies Claimed body of water on Sustainable Ecosystems Group Forum, LITE p. 558 Review #2  
November 16, 2012 Pollution (Point & Non-Point):    Article Discussion 11/16: A "Green" Gold Rush - Calf. Firm turns Trash into Gas 
November 19, 2012 Pollution (Point & Non-Point): Outdoor Air Pollution: Brown Cloud, Video, Primary v. Secondary,    Phoenix Magazine - Cloud City 
November 20, 2012 Pollution (Point & Non-Point)   Aerosols: Airborn particles in Earth's Atmosphere 
November 21, 2012 No School    
November 22, 2012 No School    
November 23, 2012 No School    
November 26, 2012 Climate Change: Refuting CC article response: Summary, Original Thought & Potential Change Personal Energy Meter - Info needed from parents Semester Research Project: Data Analysis National Geographic Personal Energy Meter 
November 27, 2012 Climate Change: Climate Denial Part 2, UN Climate Talks in Qatar, Kyoto Introduction LITE p. 529 CT #1 National Geographic Personal Energy Meter Readings (Assignments)   UN Climate Talks Open in Qatar 
November 28, 2012 Climate Change: The need and nature of greenhouse gases    Doha Climate Change Conference - November 2012 
November 29, 2012 Climate Change: Kyoto Protocol Story & analysis    Global Greenhouse Gas Emissions by Country, Economic Sector, and Gas 
November 30, 2012 Climate Change: Semester Research Poster Reviews & Work Complete Posters Posters ready for review Article Discussion: The Economics of Climate Change 
December 3, 2012 Climate Change: Climate Change Lab Design LITE p.528 Review #2 (first half) Research Poster Final Drafts  
December 4, 2012 Climate Change: Lab Execution & Data Collection LITE p. 528 Review #2 (last half), Climate Change Lab Data Analysis & Graphs LITE p. 528 Review #2 (first half)  
December 5, 2012 Climate Change: Lab data analysis, conclusion, error analysis, summary and self/ 2 peers review  LITE p. 528 Review #3 (first half) LITE p. 528 Review #2 (last half) Sub Plans for 12/6 & 12/7 
December 6, 2012 Climate Change: An Inconvenient Truth (Bernier @NSTA Conference) LITE p. 528 Review #3 (last half) LITE p. 528 Review #3 (first half) An Inconvenient Truth Question Sheet 
December 7, 2012 Climate Change: An Inconvenient Truth (Bernier @NSTA Conference) Semester Research Project LITE p. 528 Review #3 (last half) An Inconvenient Truth Question Sheet 
December 10, 2012 Climate Change: Who is the IPCC? What do they do and what should they do? Semester Project Work Semester Research Project: Conclusion, Error Analysis & Summary The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 
December 11, 2012 Climate Change: Effects of Climate Change: Habitat Loss, Desertification, Weather Patterns, Polar Ice, Water Levels, Desalinization, Health  LITE p. 528 Review #4 None NASA - Global Climate Change 
December 12, 2012 Climate Change: Effects of Climate Change: Consequence systems mapping Complete LITE p. 528 Review #4 First part of LITE p.528 Reivew #4 Weather Channel - Changes in Barrow, AK 
December 13, 2012 Climate Change: Poster Practice Sessions Final Posters Presentations 5:30 - 8 Presentation Hall  Completed LITE p.528 Review #4, Poster Presentation Atire & Readiness  
December 14, 2012 Climate Change: The Future & Solutions of Climate Change Research Presentations (Prezi/Google Presentation/Sliderocket)  Outside Events Posting Due Article Discussion 12/14: Pepper Spraying the Holidays - The Ethic of Consumption 
December 17, 2012 Final Project Presentations  Semester Research Project: Final Presentations  
December 18, 2012 Final Project Presentations    
December 19, 2012 Final - Sustainable Ecosystems Evaluation    Fall 2012 Ecosystems Course Evaluation 
December 20, 2012 No Class   "Final Exam" Directions 
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