Monday, February 26, 2024

Environmental Science - Week #25

 Environmental Studies

Group Assignment - Children’s Book - 


  1. Groups of two to three.
  2. Research: “Scholastic Reading Levels.”
  3. Research:  pdf of First-Grade leveled books.
  4. Assignment: Writing a book of eight to ten pages, inform students - AT A FIRST GRADE LEVEL OF READING -  about

- An environmental issue that we must solve. Think about all of the environmental issues we’ve seen, so far, in this class. (Plastic pollution, pesticide use which is harming pollinators, climate change from burning fossil fuel, not enough fresh water for both wildlife and growing city populations, etc.)

- EXPLAIN the environmental issue.

- Give one page of writing along with one illustration. For example, if you write a ten-page children’s book, that’s five pages of writing and five illustrations.

- All illustrations, and writing, must be FIRST GRADE LEVEL.

- Each story MUST have a possible solution to the environmental issue.

   - Consider writing a story in verse (Research Dr. Seuss.)

- Suggested stories / authors to research.

- The Rainbow Fish

- Green Eggs and Ham

- No, David!

- A Bad Case of Stripes.

- The Very Hungry Caterpillar

- If You Give a Mouse a Cookie.

-  I Want my Hat Back.

Week #25 - Science Key Terms and notes for Monday 02.26.2024


Monday, February 12, 2024

Student Led Conference - Home form -


Plate tetonics map with eras and epochs included.


Science notes 02.12.2024 - Week #24 - Monday


Environmental Science - 2/12/2024 - Monday

 Environmental Science - Week #24 - 

Presentation - 

Seven Slides

  1. Last week we chose an endangered species in California and the steps being taken to save the species.  An example was given of the California Condor - A large, soaring bird that was down, in numbers, to two dozen after once ranging from Mexico to Oregon.
  2. This week - Choose a major river in California … Some examples are the Sacramento, Stanislas, American, San Joaquin ….Rivers are ecosystems and rivers can become endangered just as an animal can. One slide addressing each of the following.
    1. A map showing the course of the river.
    2. A picture of dams and/or diversion set up along the river. EVERY major river in California has been diverted or damned!
    3. Pick an ANIMAL species that depends upon the river. Name the species and include a picture.
    4. Pick a plant species that depends on the river. Name the species and include a picture.
    5. A history of the NATIVE people that depended upon the river. What did they use from the river.
    6. The future of the river. This will require a bit of reading / research. In other words, is the river being protected and are there plans for future development? 
    7. A slide dedicated to he recreational aspects of the river. If I wanted to experience your river, where would I go? How could I explore it? Motor boat? Kayak? Is there a beach for swimming? Is it mainly used for fishing?)

Thursday, February 8, 2024

Study Guide - Friday's Quiz

 Study Guide: Friday’s quiz - February 9th

Friday’s quiz is open note - Since we’ve covered quite a bit of material, here’s a quick guide to the study point for the quiz.

  1. Examples of the arthropods. What animals are in the phylum and what characteristics do they share?
  2. Compound vs camera-like eyes. What is different about the eyes structure?
  3. Characteristics of spiders. Area spiders arthropods?
  4. Flowers and co-adaptation or co-evolution.
  5. The structure of the human eye. Where are the rods and cones? What is the purpose of the rods and cones? Why do we have a blind spot?
  6. Trilobites … why are they an important index fossil?  
  7. “Origin of Species” … The importance of the book and when it was published.
  8. The human eye lens. Shape and purpose.
  9. Major causes of species extinction - Case study; The Dodo Bird.

Week #23 - Endangered Species Report - Environmental Science

 Presentation Assignment - Environmental Science - 

One slide for EACH of the following - Share when complete- 

Choose a species in CALIFORNIA that is, currently, endangered.

  1. A picture of your species with the FAMILY, GENUS, and SPECIES name - along with the common name.
  2. A picture, and description, of the HABITAT for your species. Where, in California, does your species thrive?
  3. The reason for the decline in numbers of your species. List all the factors that are putting pressure on your species. Remember to look at invasive species, habitat loss, pollution and pesticides, and other pressures on your species.
  4. Name ANOTHER SPECIES (and include it’s picture) upon which your species depends, or another species that is dependent upon your endangered animal. 
  5. What CONSERVATION EFFORTS are underway to try to save your species from extinction?
  6. A brief history of human interactions with your animal species. Have humans actively reduced the species population or is the species endangered because of some other factor(s)?
  7. The OUTLOOK for your species. Will your species continue to decline in California or are things looking up? Include numbers and / or graphs in your outlook.