About This Chapter
Who's it for?
This unit of our AP Environmental Science Homeschool course will benefit any student who is trying to learn about environmental science steps and definitions. There is no faster or easier way to learn about environmental science. Among those who would benefit are:
- Students who require an efficient, self-paced course of study to learn basic environmental science principles and the differences between environmental preservation and conservation.
- Homeschool parents looking to spend less time preparing lessons and more time teaching.
- Homeschool parents who need an environmental science curriculum that appeals to multiple learning types (visual or auditory).
- Gifted students and students with learning differences.
How it works:
- Students watch a short, fun video lesson that covers a specific unit topic.
- Students and parents can refer to the video transcripts to reinforce learning.
- Short quizzes and an Environmental Science Introduction unit exam confirm understanding or identify any topics that require review.
Environmental Science Introduction Unit Objectives:
- Explore the scope of environmental science.
- Learn about scientific applications for environmental concerns.
- Study the process used to conduct a scientific investigation of environmental issues.
- Read about the timeline of U.S. environmental history.
1. What is Environmental Science? - Definition and Scope of the Field
Environmental science allows scientists to examine how the biological, chemical, and physical parts of an environment work with or perhaps in spite of each other. Explore more about the definition of environmental science, and learn about the scope of the field, including its interdisciplinary nature with other fields. Understand the importance of environmental science and compare it to environmentalism.
2. U.S. Environmental History: Movements & Timeline
John Muir initiated the start of environmental movement in the United States. Explore the timeline of the United States environmental history across the 19th and 20th centuries in this lesson.
3. Environmental Conservation and Preservation: Definition, Differences & Advocates
Environmental conservation and preservation offer two approaches on how to responsibly manage public lands. Learn the definitions of each approach, and review the differences between them. Learn about advocates for each approach, including Gifford Pinchot and John Muir. Consider examples of how the approaches conflict, as well as how they support each other.
4. Scientific Evaluation of Environmental Problems: Process and Steps
The scientific evaluation of environmental problems is an effective method of asking questions, making observations, and conducting experiments to learn more about a specific environmental issue. Learn about the process of scientific evaluation and the five-step process to solve environmental problems.
5. The Scientific Method Applied to Environmental Problems: Definition, Steps and Applications
Environmental problems can be investigated in a systematic way using the scientific method. Explore the steps of the scientific method: observations and questions, hypothesis, experiment, interpreting results and making conclusions. Discover the definition and applications of the scientific method in this lesson.
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Other chapters within the AP Environmental Science: Homeschool Curriculum course
- Geologic Time Scale: Homeschool Curriculum
- Plate Tectonics: Homeschool Curriculum
- Earthquakes: Homeschool Curriculum
- Volcanoes: Homeschool Curriculum
- The Atmosphere and the Environment: Homeschool Curriculum
- Weather and Storms: Homeschool Curriculum
- Water Balance: Homeschool Curriculum
- Running Water: Homeschool Curriculum
- Ground Water: Homeschool Curriculum
- Glaciers: Homeschool Curriculum
- Oceans: Homeschool Curriculum
- Water Issues & Conservation: Homeschool Curriculum
- Minerals, Rocks & Soil: Homeschool Curriculum
- Ecosystems: Homeschool Curriculum
- Organism Interaction in the Ecosystem: Homeschool Curriculum
- Evolving Ecosystems: Homeschool Curriculum
- Biological Science: Homeschool Curriculum
- Population and the Environment: Homeschool Curriculum
- Food and Agricultural Resources: Homeschool Curriculum
- Forestry, Rangelands & Other Land Use: Homeschool Curriculum
- Mining & Fishing: Homeschool Curriculum
- Energy Concepts: Homeschool Curriculum
- Renewable Resources: Homeschool Curriculum
- Nonrenewable Resources: Homeschool Curriculum
- Solid and Hazardous Waste: Homeschool Curriculum
- Human Impact on the Environment: Homeschool Curriculum
- Environmental Sustainability: Homeschool Curriculum
- Global Environmental Economics: Homeschool Curriculum
- Environmental Ethics & Politics: Homeschool Curriculum