Earth Science

by Mr. Jody Paramore

Winterville, North Carolina

NAME: _______________________________________

Unit Topic: Environmental Science / Pollution

Time Span: 10 class periods

Due Date:

Objectives (what are we learning in this unit?):

7.01 Analyze the relationship between the potential of technology to improve the quality of life and the possible causes of stress on the environment.

7.02 Analyze the interdependence of Earth's natural resources and systems, including land, air, and water, with the need to support human activity and reduce environmental impacts.

7.03 Assess how society weighs the choices of economic progress, population growth and environmental stewardship and selects a balanced responsible course of action.


A: 172-200

B: 143-171

C: 112-142

D: 83-111

! Each student should get at least one assignment graded per day

! No more than two assignments per student will be graded on the final day of the unit

"C" Layer-Section I / Basic Understanding (140 points max. Must choose 125 pts. to move to Section II)


1. Complete the Homework Assignment sheet each night (25 pts.)

Videos (watch all the video, take quality notes on things you didn't know, & study them for oral defense)

2. "The People Bomb"--40 notes (15pts.)

3. "Living With the Earth-Part II"--25 notes (10pts.)

4. "Population, Food Supply, and Energy Development"--25 notes (10pts.)

5. "Urban and Rural Contrasts"--25 notes (10pts.)

Computer Activities (complete the activity, study your work, bring to Mr. P. for oral defense)

6. Environment Internet Hunt (10 pts.)

7. Complete the "Energy Sources" worksheet using the movie at (5 pts)

8. Watch one of the following three movies from, take 10 notes from the video, write the quiz questions and give their answers: fossil fuels, nuclear energy, or population growth (10 pts.)

9. Complete the "Protecting Natural Resources" internet activity. Take 10 notes and fully answer the questions in blue. Go to this activity at: (10 pts)

10. Complete the following at:

1. Complete a paragraph summary of 1 of the 5 environmental problems listed on the site

2. Edit and send the e-mail as directed (10 pts.)

11. Use the 'Green Calculator' and take the 'Green I.Q.' quiz. Complete a half-page write up of the experience. Use this web-site: (10 pts.)

12. Complete the 'Things To Do In Recycle City' activity. Complete the worksheet. Click on the city to find the answers at: (15 pts.)

Vocabulary (study and bring to Mr. P. for oral defense to earn points)

13. Make flashcards for the following environmental science key terms using any textbook you'd like or fossil fuel, nuclear energy, nuclear fission, natural resource, nonrenewable resource, renewable resource, pollution, conservation, recycling, point source, nonpoint source

(10 pts.)

Writing (study and bring to Mr. P. for oral defense to earn points)

14. Write a letter addressed to Dr. Rouse about the state of recycling at South Central. Try to persuade him as to why it's important and what could be done to improve recycling at SCHS. Research recycling using your book or the internet and include things you learned in the letter. (10 pts.)

15. Write a creative story about what life will be like in 2061. Focus your story on the kinds of energy resources used and the environmental problems that may exist. (10 pts)

16. Pretend you write a column on energy conservation for the magazine Popular Science. Write a sample of a column you would frequently write.(10 pts.)

Reading (study and bring to Mr. P. for oral defense to earn points)

17. Complete the Section Reviews on energy resources & earth's nonliving resources-chapters 21 & 22 (10 pts.)

18. Complete the Section Reviews on pollution & conserving earth's resources-chps. 23 & 24 (10 pts.)

19. Read the 'Letters to the Editor' article in the Washington Daily News and write a half-page summary. (5 pts.)

20. Read the 'Helping the Victims of an Oil Spill' article-pg. 731 (5 pts.)

21. Read the case studies in the green environmental science book and summarize each-pgs. 400 & 415 (10 pts.)

Fine Arts (study and bring to Mr. P. for oral defense to earn points)

22. Draw a picture, using color, of how fossil fuels form. Label your picture. (10 pts.)

23. Draw a picture, using color, of 5 examples of alternative energy sources. (10 pts.)

24. Draw a picture, using color, of 10 examples of pollution occurring. (10 pts.)

25. Create a car prototype that cuts down on pollution. Include a drawing, using color, and explain how it works. (10 pts.)

Interactive (study and bring to Mr. P. for oral defense to earn points)

26. Complete the 'Energy Hog Scavenger Hunt' at home, visit, play all five energy hog games and complete a report explaining what each game was trying to teach you. (15 pts.)

27. Complete 'The Public and the Environment' activity in which you create a public poll concerning the environment. (15 pts.)

28. Complete the "How Can You Conserve Water Activity" at home. (15 pts.)

"B" Layer-Section II / Application of Knowledge (25 points, must complete before moving to Section III)

Create an experiment to solve a problem, find one on the internet, or find one in a textbook that is related to this unit. The activity must be hands-on and must help solve a problem or answer a question. Include a lab report with the following sections: problem, hypothesis, experiment & data, conclusion.

"A" Layer-Section III / Critical Thinking & Analysis of Real World Issues (35 points)

Mix traditional research with values, morality, and your personal opinion about one of these topics currently under debate. There is no right or wrong answer, but your opinions should have support from your research. Three sources should be used, and cited, to gain understanding about the topic and then you should carefully evaluate the problem.

1. Pretend you are the President of the United States. Would you order the U.S. to drill for oil in Alaska? Research this topic and present your findings as if you were giving a speech on television to the American public. Include the pros and cons of drilling in Alaska and give your decision and why you came to that decision. (2 pages or more)