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The Great Barrier Reef is one of the natural wonders of the world and is so large it is visible from space. In this case study we will explore the features of the Great Barrier Reef and some of the technocentric solutions being investigated to buy some time to help save at least some of the reef as scientists understand the immense threat posed by climate change.This case study was inspired by Elizabeth...
On this page is a pdf of Water and Aquatic Food Production which covers topic 4. The Unit was made using the latest iteration of TOK and updated for the IB Standards and Practices 2020.
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...
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...
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,...
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 the environment. It also helps you to get to know your students. I often find I can refer back to this activity as we progress through the course. It certainly helps build relationships, a powerful...
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...
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!
Very comprehensive overview of the course. As an experienced ESS Teacher, it was still useful to see new/additional resources and to have everything in a resource. I have used InThinking for IB DP Chemistry before and do use it regularly as a teacher....
27 Jul Zoe Badcock
1.1 What do you think? What do they think?Dear Nidhi, I think you can still access the article as long as you haven't read too many NYTimes articles in one month. Here's an alternative
22 Jul Nidhi Chaturvedi
1.1 What do you think? What do they think?Dear Sir, The link (recent news report from NY Times) is paid one. How to use it free?
19 Jul Gaurav Naik
1.1 Tribal SocietiesThe links for BBC Tribes Series aren't working. Is there any alternative source for this?
19 Jul Stephanie Lee
Example 1 Essay Response (part c)Disregard this comment - I've now located them in the Topic 8 Unit Test. Thanks
19 Jul Stephanie Lee
Example 1 Essay Response (part c)Hi, I was wondering if you have a 'model answer scheme' that you circulate with this example? I set this as a quiz question today and the class has really valued seeing both this example and the hand-written version, however, I'd also like...
18 Jul Zoe Badcock
3.2 Caminalcules - Building Evolutionary Trees and Dichotomous KeysYes it's linked at the to of the page I think and here
18 Jul Shalini Bhavnani
3.2 Caminalcules - Building Evolutionary Trees and Dichotomous KeysHi there, any chance you have an answer key for the phylogenetic tree? Thank you.
11 Jul Eflin Rafael
Environmental Scrap BookZoe, do you have any example of student work of this activity to share with us? thank you
4 Jul Zoe Badcock
3.1 Data Analysis of BiodiversityYes :-)
2 Jul Shalini Bhavnani
3.1 Data Analysis of BiodiversityQuick question; any chance you have the suggested answers to these Qs? Thank you.
29 Jun Zoe Badcock
4.1 Factors Affecting TranspirationHi Audrey, the simulation was defunct - a lot of disappeared as flash has stopped being supported. I found a new one that generates data under different conditions. You don't see what is happening in the leaf though.
29 Jun Audrey Foley
4.1 Factors Affecting TranspirationHi, Could you re-post the link please? It's not working.