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On this page you will find the data analysis and conclusions from the activity on 2.5 Comparing Species Richness with Species Diversity . You can share this page with students once they have completed the activity if you wish.Quadrat An(n-1)Quadrat Bn(n-1)cat1418222horse2222owl36520dog36520rabbit22630zebra36412hummingbird22520cockerel3636sheep3610Snake1036N=10n = 36∑ n(n-1) = 218n= 36∑ n(n-1)...
I wanted to start my course with students interacting straight away with some serious but simple academic writing. When I read this article about food production I thought it would make a great way to help students see the holistic nature of the course.Here's a download of the activity if you prefer. ESS: An Introduction through Food Production Student Task:Use this graphic organiser (or make...
Pollution Card Sort IntroI use this activity to quickly get students thinking about different categories of pollution and understanding the concepts of key vocabulary for topic 1.5.You can find the answers here (for teachers only or filtered access to students) Pollution Card Sort Answers Student ActivityPrint out these cards for the number of groups of students you have. It would be a good idea to...
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...
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,...
Understanding and Applying the EVSsIt can be difficult to develop a thorough understanding of the EVSs and then to apply these to the topics across the course but they are at the heart of ESS and can be asked in many different contexts.In this review activity students are asked to compare how the different EVSs would approach different "issues" related to the ESS topics. An overview of each...
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...
Your Teaching RouteWe can teach this course in many different orders or through themes. Participating in discussions with fellow workshop leaders, examiners and in online forum such as the Facebook group for ESS teachers I've found that new teachers to the course can be quite anxious about their route. There is really no "right" way and you have to develop a route which fits your circumstances...
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...
An excellent resource for new teachers, putting together the first syllabus. It also helps more experienced teachers with new idea and new perspectives.
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....
22 Aug Zoe Badcock
Species Diversity and Richness AnalysisYes you are correct - sorry about that and thanks for picking it up - this was posted late at night :-)
21 Aug Shelly Tyre
Species Diversity and Richness AnalysisI believe there's an error in the calculations of D. Shouldn't the numerator be 36*(36-1)?
15 Aug Tony Bauer
1.5 Pollution Card SortWow! Thank you!
14 Aug Zoe Badcock
1.5 Pollution Card SortOk they are now available as a pdf
14 Aug Zoe Badcock
1.5 Pollution Card SortGood question - We'll get one posted within a day. I still have the original one unsorted I think otherwise I'll make one - I'll create a sub-page here for teachers only.
13 Aug Tony Bauer
1.5 Pollution Card SortHi. Is there a key to the card sorting activity? Thanks.
11 Aug Zoe Badcock
Getting StartedHi Mandy, the rules about number of hours, whether you teach the course in one year or two years, are the same. You need 150 hours to cover the course (at a minimum). So the timing recommendations given on this site should still stand but you...
10 Aug Jennifer Samaras
Getting StartedHi Mandy, the ESS Guide shows the recommended teaching hours:
10 Aug Mandy Machut
Getting StartedAre the recommended teaching hours that are listed for each topic for a class that is taken over 2 years or for a 1 year class? I teach it as a one year class and I cannot find recommended times for each topic whe taught over 1 year.
7 Aug Zoe Badcock
1.1 Tribal SocietiesYou can purchase the series (it's all interesting) on Amazon +tribes&qid=1565154995&s=gateway&sr=8-1 but I also notice that you might be able to watch it on demand on Amazon as well. I use my own copy of the dvd. I hope you manage to watch...
6 Aug Joy Higgins
1.1 Tribal SocietiesThis is nice however links are no longer available to access content if we wanted to use in the classroom here in the US.
23 Jul Zoe Badcock
1.1 Environmental Value SystemsHi Matthew, No it would be impossible to complete all the student activities. They are there for you to pick and choose to fit with your own style and teaching order. It's good to mix and match practical activities with the activities for learning. Zoe