*Starting with the 2020 APES exam, students WILL be allowed to use a calculator.*

The Math portion of the summer assignment is not required.

APES Environmental History Assignment – The attached document must be completed.  Additionally, a timeline needs to be created (follow the attached rubric).  Timelines can be created by hand (poster board, book, etc.) or digital (powerpoint, prezi, etc.).

APES Syllabus

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APES Syllabus 2017-2018

FRQ Scoring

The Road Ahead

Unit #1

Ecological Footprint Calculator

Silent Spring

APES Lab Report Format

Introduction Lecture

Environmental History Lecture

Unit #2

Weather Webquest

Chapter 3 Lecture

Chapter 4 Lecture

Chapter 5 Lecture

Unit #3

Biodiversity Hotspots

Chapter 6


Chapter 17

Unit #4

Chapter 14

Chapter 15

Chapter 18

Unit #5

Chapter 8

Chapter 9

Unit #6

Chapter 19 A

Chapter 19 B

Chapter 20

Unit #7

Chapter 13 A

Chapter 13 B

Chapter 13 C

Chapter 21

Chapter 23

Unit #8

APES Exam Review

Course Topics

Things to Know

Barron’s Online APES Test Preparation

FRQ Scoring


Unit 1 Study Guide

Unit 2 Study Guide

Unit 3 Study Guide

Unit 4 Study Guide

Unit 5 Study Guide

Unit 6 Study Guide

5/25/18 –

5/23/18 – Wall E Response

5/21/18 – Wall E

5/18/18 – Make Up Final Exam 

5/16/18 – Final Exam

5/14/18 – An Inconvenient Sequel

5/10/18 – APES Exam

5/9/18 – Review

5/7/18 – Practice Exam

5/7/18 – APES Exam Review #1 Due

5/4/18 – Math Review

5/2/18 – Math Review

Math Review Answers

4/30/18 – APES Exam Review

4/30/18 – Albert Earth Science & Ecology A & B Due

4/27/18 – Albert Unit #8 A & Unit 8 B Due

4/25/18 – Chapter Questions Due 10, 11, & 12

4/20/18 – AP Exam Pre Bubble

4/16/18 – Unit #7 Exam (Short Response Questions Only) & ALBERT Chapters 13, 21, & 23 Due

4/13/18 – Crash Course Videos Due

4/11/18 – Finish Chapter 23 Crash Course Videos

4/5/18 – Chapter 23 Crash Course Videos

4/3/18 – Chapter 23 Questions Due

Chapter 21 Online Review

3/23/18 – Chapter 21 Questions Due

3/21/18 – Chapter 13 Questions Due

3/19/18 – Unit #6 Exam

3/15/18 – Chapter 20 Analysis

3/14/18 – Student Walk Out

3/12/18 – Chapter 20 Questions Due

3/9/18 – Chapter 19 Lecture

3/7/18 – Climate Change Info graphics Due by the End of Class

3/5/18 – Climate Change Infographics

3/2/18 – Chapter 19 Questions Due


2/28/18 – Unit #5 Exam

2/26/18 – Chapter 9 Lecture

2/23/18 – Finish Sustainable City Posters

2/21/18 – Sustainable City Poster Project


2/16/18 – Detroit Urban Agriculture

7 principles for Building Better Cities

2/14/18 -Chapter 9 Questions Due

Chapter 8 Lecture & Demographic Transition Graphs

2/12/18 – People Paradox Response Due

The Demographic Transition

2/9/18 – The People Paradox

2/7/18 – Chapter 8 Questions Due

Human Population Growth

CIA World Factbook

2/5/18 – Unit #4 Exam & GMO Essay Due

1/31/18 – Review for Exam

Are Engineered Foods Evil?

Seeds of Concern

1/29/18 – Chapter 18 

Sustainable Agriculture UC DAVIS

1/26/18 – Chapter 15 Lecture

1/24/18 – Chapter 18 Questions Due

1/22/18 – Mining & Mining Lab

1/18/18 – Mine Type Poster

1/16/18 – Soil Organization Lab 

1/16/18 – Chapter 15 Questions Due & The Pesticide Conspiracy Questions Due

1/12/18 – Orchard Floor Management Questions Due

1/10/18 – Orchard Floor Management

Orchard Floor Management Questions

1/8/18 – DIRT!

1/8/17 – Bring 1 cup of dirt from home

12/18/17 – Course Midterm

12/15/17 – Review for Midterm

12/13/17 – Review for Midterm

12/11/17 – Graphing the Dust Bowl & Farming Simulator

12/8/17 – Chapter 14 Questions Due

12/6/17 – Unit #3 Exam

12/4/17 – Finish Chapter 17 (Land Resources)

12/1/17 – Chapter 17 notes

11/29/17 – Review for Unit #3 Exam (Chapters 6, 16, & 17)

11/29/17 – Chapter 17 Outline Due (Cornell Notes)

11/27/17 – Outline Chapter 17 using Cornell Notes

11/17/17 – Finish Biodiversity Hotspot Project

11/17/17 – Chapter 17 Questions Due

11/15/17 – Biodiversity Hotspots

11/13/17 – Biodiversity Video Lectures & Ecosystem Services Project

11/10/17 – Finish Chapter 6 Notes

11/8/17 – Auto-Diversity Lab

11/6/17 – Score Practice Short Answer Exam with AP Scoring Guide

11/6/17 – Chapter 16 Questions Due

11/1/17 – Create a biome graphic organizer that includes the below information for each of the following biomes:       

Information:     a)description, b)climate, c)plant species, d)plant adaptations, e)animal species, e) animal adaptations, f) types, g)human impacts

Biomes:  1)Tundra 2)Boreal Forest 3)Temperate Rain Forest 4)Temperate Deciduous Forest 5)Temperate Grassland 6)Chaparral 7)Desert 8)Savanna 9)Tropical Rainforest

10/30/17 – AP Short Answer Practice Exam

10/25/17 – Introduction to Biomes & Climatograms

10/25/17 – Chapter 6 Questions Due

10/23/17 – Unit #2 Exam

10/20/17 – Review for Exam #2

10/18/17 – Finish Chapter 5 Lecture

10/16/17 – Chapter 5 Lecture & Survivorship Cemetery Curves

10/12/17 – Weather Webquest Due

10/11/17 – Weather Webquest Assignment 

10/9/17 – Biogeochemical Cycle Presentations

10/9/17 – Chapter 5 Questions Due (1-5, 7-9, 11-17, 18)

10/6/17 – Finish Cycles Project

10/4/17 – Begin Cycles Project

10/2/17 – Finish Primary Energy Flow Lab

9/29/17 – Food for Thought/Energy Flow Through Systems

9/29/17 – Chapter 4 Questions Due (1-5, 7-10, 12-13, 15)

9/27/17 – Loss of Biodiversity Game

9/25/17 – Continue Ecology Lecture & Begin Primary Consumer Energy Flow Lab

9/22/17 – Begin Ecology Lecture & Cycling of Matter and Energy Flow Activity

9/20/17 – Begin Biodiversity Lab

9/20/17 – Chapter 3 Questions Due (1, 3-7, 9, 10, 12, 15, 16)

9/18/17 – Unit #1 Exam & Lab Report #1 Due

9/15/17 – Environmental Legislation Project Due

9/13/17 – The Scientific Method & Scientific Method Lab

9/11/17 – Environmental Timeline Due

9/7/17 – Begin Environmental History Lecture & Legislation Project 

9/5/17 – Continue Working on Environmental Timelines

9/1/17 – Syllabus Due

8/30/17 – Finish Introductory Lecture & Begin working on Timelines

8/28/17 – Introduction to APES & Online Ecological Footprint Calculator Activity

8/28/17 – Chapter 2 Questions & Tragedy of the Commons Fishing Lab Due

8/25/17 – Tragedy of the Commons Fishing Lab

8/23/17 – Course Overview & Patterns in Variation Activity

8/22/17 – Group Work (Cups) & Peanuts

Summer Assignment

Welcome to A.P. Environmental Science!

In order to be able to hit the ground running and be able to cover all of the material we need to before the exam, you will need to complete the following summer assignment. It is due the first day of school when you arrive and will be a significant portion of your grade.

There are four parts to this assignment.

Answer the questionnaire
Read chapter 1 of the textbook and answer questions
Read the Tragedy of the Commons and complete the assignment
Complete the math review.

There are two other assignments you might wish to get done.

Chapter 2 will be due on the first block day (August 24). You must have the chapter read and answer questions: 1,3,4, 5, 6, 8, 9,11, 13

Additionally, you will be required to read one popular environmental science book and complete an assignment. It is not due until October 2, but it might be easier to get it read over the summer. We will use the book for book group discussions in October.

Part 1: The Questionnaire

  1. What science courses have you taken? How did you do in them? (This could be your grade and/or a narrative)
  2. What A.P. courses have you taken and how did you do in those? (This could be grades, scores and/or a narrative)
  3. What do you hope to learn form this class?
  4. “I would be disappointed if I get lower than a ___________ on this A.P. exam.”
  5. What do you expect to be doing after graduation?
  6. Tell me something entertaining about you that I don’t already know.

Part 2: The Textbook

We will be using Environment by Raven, Hassenzahl, Hager, Gift and Berg 9th edition. ISBN : 978-1-118-87582-7 There are options for purchasing this textbook including print, electronic and renting.

You will need to get this textbook in your preferred format and read chapter one. Afterwards, answer pages 18-19 #1,2,3,4,5,8,10,11,12,16,17.

Part 3: The Tragedy of the Commons

Please read The Tragedy of the Commons by Garrett Hardin


Afterwards, answer the following questions in complete sentences

List some examples of commons.
What kinds of situations lead to a tragedy of the commons?
What are some solutions to a tragedy of the commons situation?
4.What is the role of government and civil society in protecting and enhancing “the commons?” Why do governments protect or not protect “the commons”?

Why might the commons be a problem for businesses, governments and citizens to cope with on their own?
Discuss the pros and cons of the ways government and civil society can protect and enhance the commons responsibly and creatively so that future generations can benefit from them too.
Explain why the hallways in schools tend to be littered at the end of the school day.

Part 4: The Math Review

The APES exam has a significant amount of math and does not allow the use of calculators! Most students find that with a little practice, the math is not difficult, but as many of us have not had practice with setting up and solving problems without a calculator in a long time, in the beginning it can be daunting.

Complete each of the following problems including a detailed set up with labeled units and proper scientific notation. NO CALCULATORS! You must show all work to get credit.

All problems should be expressed in scientific notation (do not write out large numbers with multiple zeros as place holders). If you need assistance with this, please refer to the sample problems on our website.

  1. What is ten million times three thousand?
  2. What is thirty-four million plus two hundred fifty-six thousand times four hundred?
  3. A population of deer had 200 individuals. If the population dropped 15% in one year, how many deer were lost? What is the total population of deer the next year?
  4. One year we had 120 APES students and the next year we had 150 APES students. What percentage did the population of APES students grow by?
  5. One year we had 2500 endangered sea turtles hatch. After one year there were only 1500. What percentage of turtles died?
  6. Electricity costs 6 cents per kilowatt hour. In one month one home uses one megawatt of electricity. How much will the electric bill be? (be sure to look at the conversion chart for the conversion factor from kilo to mega)
  7. Your car gets 12 miles to the gallon and your friend’s car gets 20 miles to the gallon. You decide to go on a road trip to Virginia Tech, which is 300 miles away. If gas costs $4 per gallon and you decide to split the gas money, how much money will you save by driving your friend’s car?
  8. A turtle was crawling at the rate of 38 cm per minute. How many kilometers would the turtle crawl in 2 hours?
  9. A turtle was crawling at the rate of 43 cm per minute. How many kilometers would this turtle crawl in one day (24 hours) if it did not rest and continued to crawl at a continuous pace?
  10. There are 125 blades of grass in a square cm of lawn. Assuming the grass stand is even, how many blades of grass would be found in a lawn measuring 8 meters by 6 meters? Use scientific notation in your answer.
  11. You purchase a home that is 2500 square feet of living space. How many square meters of lving space is this?
  12. If a calorie is equivalent to 4.184 joules, how many joules are contained in a 250 kilocalorie slice of pizza?
  13. A coal-fired electric power plant produces 12 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity each day. Assume that an input of 10,000 BTUs of heat is required to produce an output of one kilowatt-hour of electricity. Calculate the number of BTUs of heat needed to generate the electricity produced by the power plant each day.
  14. (Using the information in 13) Calculate the pounds of coal consumed by the power plant each day assuming that one pound of coal yields 5,000 BTUs of heat.
  15. If a city of 10,000 experiences 200 births, 60 deaths, 10 immigrants and 30 emigrants in the course of a year, what is its net annual percentage growth rate? (By what percentage did the population change?)

Book Assignment (Due no later than October 2)

You will be required to read one popular environmental science book. You will be using this book for a book group in October.

Desert Solitaire Edward Abbey

Ocean’s End Colin Woodard

Arctic Dreams Barry Lopez

A Sand County Almanac– Aldo Leopold


Afterwards, complete the following questions citing specific passages from the text.

Why did you select this book? Is it what you expected/hoped it would be?
What is the central message of the book?
What were some points that surprised or interested you?
Are there any points with which you disagreed?