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Controversial Harvesting - A Variety of SpeciesWith this activity, students have the opportunity to explore and discuss how the harvesting / hunting / collection of a wide variety of species may be considered controversial for a variety of reasons. This should take no more than one hour.Student TaskResearch one of the following topics and then consider the following questions. Ask your teacher if...
Water Sustainability SolutionsStudents love parts of the course which focus on solutions, giving some hope. In this presentation and with more detail and links in 4.2 Access to Water - Sustainability Solutions, I have compiled a wide variety of both high tech and low tech solutions, providing advantages and disadvantages.On this page there are a couple of different options. The first requires students...
Approaching an Environmental HistoryIt's important to balance the amount of time that you could spend on this topic with the relative weight placed on the topic in the syllabus/guide. On the one hand, there is about 1.5 hours allocated to the topic and one bullet point, on the other, if students can develop a contextual understanding of environmental movements and cultural differences then they...
Environmental Value Systems (EVSs)Environmental value systems are an excellent way to start the course and get to know your students. I like to start by asking students to explore what they know already, who they are (in the context of the environment) and why they think the way they do. This then helps to explore why other people have different EVSs and thus opinions about the problems and solutions...
Systems and ModelsI know that a lot of teachers don't teach this subtopic as a standalone unit but I find it very useful to introduce students to these crucial ideas at the start of the course; after all this is the fundamental thread of the course. What is a system? I want students to be able to take a systems approach to all the other topics. Thus, I keep it simple but ensure that students understand...
What is a System ReviewThere's a lot of terminology in this section of the course and students need to be confident with the vocabulary, definitions and the ability to deconstruct a situation from a systems perspective.Work through the presentations and then test yourself.Here are the answers What is a System? Answers that teachers can choose to release to students via Student Access 1. Define...
Making the Links Between Feedback Loops and Tipping PointsThis really is one of the most crucial ideas in the course and has been extended from the 2008 subject guide. Students need to understand the difference between positive and negative feedback loops and then their role in providing stability and resilience to a system (or not).Introduce the ideas gently but keep coming back to them whenever...
In this section we are collecting inquiry driven activities to enrich the teaching of topic 1.1, Environmental Value Systems.1.1 Who am I?This is a great activity to use as an introduction to the course. Understanding Environmental Value Systems can start on day one and helps students to understand their relationship with the course and...1.1 What do you think? What do they think?It's useful to...
This website provides an extensive range of rich resources that are implementation ready. There is something for everyone in here. Both new and experienced teachers will find value, ranging from practical lab activities as well as online database/simulation...
As a first-year ESS teacher, this website has helped me immensely. In particular, I have been able to see the course more holistically and can map out which topics can be taught together. The time I have spent lesson planning has been significantly reduced...
I really love that you have so many activities and video that would engage in classes. All the teaching material are ready to use; and the tests and annotated marking of works are super helpful!
22 Sep ELEMA WARIO
Modelling FeedbackHi. Kindly share sample graph and data table for this practical. Thanks.
21 Sep Janet Janet Madera
Checking Your UnderstandingSame. May I know if these questions have keys?
20 Sep Michelle Kaszuba
4.2 Access to WaterDo you have a set of answers for the questions in this video? Thanks
19 Sep Laura Hamilton
1.2 What is a System? The BasicsThank you Deborah, I loved the dust episode. I honestly think society is catching up with the ESS curriculum! We have banged on about interconnectivity for a decade now and we are seeing more and more documentaries tackle it. The other one...
17 Sep Laura Hamilton
Paper 1 example - PandoraThanks so much Deborah, love to hear great feedback! Good idea to bring this into 1.1 in a fun way too
16 Sep Deborah Cannon
Paper 1 example - PandoraI love this resource. I already use Avatar in Topic 1.1 as a student-friendly way to compare EVS (Na'avi v. humans), but I never thought to make it into a case study / Paper 1. Genius!!
16 Sep Deborah Cannon
1.2 What is a System? The BasicsAnyone seen the Netflix series 'Connected'? Yes, some episodes are a bit loopy - but S1E3 (called 'Dust') is a good example of a global scale system involving lithosphere, atmosphere and biosphere. After in-class learning about the components...
16 Sep Deborah Cannon
1.3 Tipping Points ActivityI love this activity - thank you for the suggestion. This concept is tricky for students and this activity is very helpful in deepening their understanding.
13 Sep Clayton Rushing
1.3 Equilibrium and Feedback - ReviewHello! After reviewing the Google Slides in this activity, it appears that the information provided in the presentation only assists in helping students answer the first 6 questions. Is there another resource from which the remaining question...
13 Sep Pedro De Carvalho Maalouf
4.4 and 2.5 Water Quality and Indicator SpeciesHi Zoe, I see that you propose using a diversity index (Simpson's) while the Guide asks to look at biotic index. I know the later could be quite complicated to develop in class, and would require a complete data sheet of sampling. So I...
13 Sep Radhika Mathur
Topic 1.2 Quiz - 5 QuestionsHi, Could you please clarify Q3. Transformation of ice into water occurs only if energy in the form of heat flows into ice, so it does involve energy.
12 Sep Zoe Badcock
Guide to past paper questions for topic 8There are definitely no May 2020 papers but we can update the tables for November 2020 and May 2021. Thanks Sheetal.