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These posters have been designed to be printed on A3 paper and should be used as part of a revision plan. As ESS has 32 subtopics sometimes students (and teachers) can struggle to know where to begin. The posters can be used individually or in groups as described in the teachers notes that accompany them.
On this page we have instructions about how to set your students up to use the ESS website and how to make the most of some of the opportunities it offers. I use the website in every lesson, using the project mode to show students what we are going to be doing or to watch the videos or as a presentation.My students use the site independently and I've included a student guide to the site here too.Introduction...
With a desire to introduce students to practical work as soon as possible and knowing that growing seeds is a surprising novelty, I designed this activity for the start of the year and the Practical Scheme of Work (PSOW).Students had to work in small groups (pairs in my class) and design an experiment to test the effect of one factor on the germination and growth of cat grass seeds.Here's a download...
Climatographs/ClimatogramThe Paper 1 Case Study usually includes a climatograph so this year I decide to have students graph data on a climatograph so that they may be better able to interpret such data. This activity was developed from the ideas presented in a National Geographic resource that unfortunately no longer exists. I have specified that students should be using centigrade for temperature...
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...
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...
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.1. Define a System.A system is any collection of components that work together to perform a function. The system if made up...
Foundations of ESSIn the previous version of the ESS course many teachers left Topic 7 as it was then until the end of the course. This meant that students didn't have the fundamentals or foundations of ESS during their courses. I group Subtopics 1.1-1.3 together at the beginning of the course. There are a variety of options while teaching these topics to get to know your students and, for me,...
What is a System - Review Part 2Work through the presentation then test yourself on the important definitions, vocabulary and concepts. You need to know these with precision.1. What are the key components of a system?•inputs: import material and energy across the system boundary•outputs: export material and energy across the system boundary•flows: flows and pathways within the system along which...
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...
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!
An excellent resource for new teachers, putting together the first syllabus. It also helps more experienced teachers with new idea and new perspectives.
19 Sep Ruth Brooke
Topic 3 Practical IdeasHi, Thank you for the practical ideas. I was just wondering when you do the zoo visit are there any activities you like to do with them?
19 Sep Anita Kapadia
1.4 Environmental IndicatorsThe above activity could also be linked to the carbon footprint. Also, a similar approach to use energy sources in a sustainable manner. As all modern schools have a high use of electricity. So to have an inventory of all the materials and...
19 Sep Laura Hamilton
A3 Revision PostersThank you for the feedback Luke. I will normally use hard copies for revision as students seem to prefer it.
18 Sep Luke Joyce
A3 Revision PostersThis is really great. I´m interested in trying this out digitally for my students. Is this something you have tried?
17 Sep Ayan Said
4.2 Access to Fresh Water - the problemsI'm sorry that sounded abrupt. I appreciate the site and the resources you've provided.
16 Sep Laura Hamilton
A3 Revision PostersHi Ayan, answers are now on
16 Sep Zoe Badcock
3.1 Data Analysis of BiodiversityHi Chris, the trick is to give your students access to the whole site (see student access page under welcome). That way you can assign the presentation for independent study. There is even the option to assign a reading assignment through the...
15 Sep Chris Loewen
3.1 Data Analysis of BiodiversityI would like to use this google slides presentation for independent student work rather than me go through it. Is it not possible for me to download it and then post it to my classroom?
14 Sep Zoe Badcock
1.2 Controlled Experiments and Modelling a SystemHi Leila, I've uploaded a pdf of the instructions. I use the presentation mode with my classes to avoid printing and students can also access this if you set up student access. Glad you are finding the ideas helpful.
14 Sep Zoe Badcock
2.4 ClimatographsThanks for letting me know. I've made a template myself and uploaded it to the page. Hope you like it - I find my students struggle to do this but find great satisfaction from it. It's also useful to turn your tables into a giant set of axis...
14 Sep Leila Chehab
1.2 Controlled Experiments and Modelling a SystemDear Authors, I would like to know if this PSOW has student lab sheet or I copy paste what is available on this page. Thank you for the available resources as I am new to teaching ESS and this is helping me a lot...
13 Sep Ruth Brooke
2.4 ClimatographsHi, I think this is a great activity. The two National Geographic links don't work however I think I can do the activity without them. Thank you