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Impacts of Natural and Human Activity on the Earth
Sunny Lane, TX


Name:____________ __________ Due Date:__________________________

Chapter: Chapter 8

Science, Grade 7,

(b) Knowledge and skills.

(8) Earth and space. The student knows that natural events and human activity can impact Earth systems. The student is expected to:

(A) Predict and describe how different types of catastrophic events impact ecosystems such as floods, hurricanes, or tornadoes;

(B) Analyze the effects of weathering, erosion, and deposition on the environment in eco-regions of Texas; and

(C) Model the effects of human activity on groundwater and surface water in a watershed.


C Layer: Maximum 65 points in this section.

1. Read or listen to the textbook chapter 8 reading & follow along. 5pts.

2. Listen to Classroom lectures and discussions and complete the notes, outline, etc. as directed. 5pts.

3. What the video http://www.seastudios.org/coral_video_qte.php, coral connections. List 5 important facts to help make a positive change for the ocean reefs. 5pts.

4. How was the rating scale created and what are the categories of Hurricanes and Tornadoes. 10 Points

5. Create a graphic organizer outlining impact of humans on the atmosphere. 10 points

6. Prepare a diagram of the San Antonio watershed. 10 points

7. Give a 3-5 minute presentation on the 3 main reasons for coastal land loss. 10 points

8. Make flash cards to identify: atmosphere, greenhouse effect, global warming, ozone depletion, ozone, pollution, hydrocarbons, pathogens, biodiversity. Learn them. 10 points

9. Read pages 314-316. Summarize the Greenhouse effect and why it is important to life on earth. 10 points

10. Make a collage that illustrates the native Texas endangered species listed in this website. http://faculty.tamu-commerce.edu/jkopachena. 10 points

11. Create an outline from the article on this website: http://science.jrank.org/pages/2467/Endangered-Species.html. 10 points

12. Watch the video on endangered animals: poaching: http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/wild/videos/poaching-endangered-species/ Write ten interesting things you learned from it. 10 points

13. Play the game and watch the videos on this website: http://www.neok12.com/quiz/ECOSYS04. Write and answer 3 of the quiz questions from the game. 10 points

14. Create a Vinn-diagram using hurricanes and tornadoes. 10 points

15. Watch the brain pop video on eco-systems; create a diorama of an ecosystem from Texas.http://www.brainpop.com/science/ecologyandbehavior/ecosystems. 15 points

16. Write a summary of the potential impact of humans on water, air and earth using the website http://www.oag-bvg.gc.ca/internet/English/meth_gde_e_19283.html 15 points


B Layer: Choose one. Maximum 20 points in this section.

1.       Interview a n oilfield employee. Based on your inquiry compare on contrast the effects the oil boom in Texas has on the economy and the environment.


2.       Develop a multi-media presentation about: the effects of Hurricane Rita, and provide a summary, brief history and what impact this had on the ecosystem along the gulf coast.


A Layer: Choose one. Maximum 20 points in this section.

1. You are a land owner in Comal County, make a poster to describe the following: Do the new laws governing the Guadalupe and Comal rivers help/ hurt the ecosystem along the river? Clearly identify your stance.

2. Write a letter to the Texas State Governor stating why or why not Texas should allow fracking along the Eagle Ford Shale. Clearly identify your stance.


Grade Scale: 0-40 = F

41-59 = D

60-70 = C

71-85 = B

86-100 = A


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