Ch 27: Human Impact on the Environment: Homeschool Curriculum

About This Chapter

The Human Impact on the Environment unit of this AP Environmental Science Homeschool course is designed to help homeschooled students learn about the ways in which people affect the environment. Parents can use the short videos to introduce topics, break up lessons and keep students engaged.

Who's it for?

This unit of our AP Environmental Science Homeschool course will benefit any student who is trying to learn about the impact of human beings on the environment. 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 about the effects of the Agricultural Revolution and the Industrial Revolution.
  • 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 a Human Impact on the Environment unit exam confirm understanding or identify any topics that require review.

Human Impact on the Environment Unit Objectives:

  • Discuss desertification and deforestation.
  • Define industrial ecology.
  • Read about biological, chemical and physical pollution.
  • Learn about human causes of eutrophication.
  • Discuss the industrial growth of emerging countries.

8 Lessons in Chapter 27: Human Impact on the Environment: Homeschool Curriculum
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What Is IPAT? - Factors of the Human Impact on the Environment

1. What Is IPAT? - Factors of the Human Impact on the Environment

What do the letters IPAT have to do with the environment? Learn how this four-letter equation helps explain the environmental impact of different variables, including population, affluence, and technology.

Deforestation, Desertification & Declining Biological Diversity

2. Deforestation, Desertification & Declining Biological Diversity

When trees are lost due to deforestation, the result can be a drier climate and desertification or the transformation of the once fertile land to desert. Learn how deforestation and desertification can lead to a decline in biological diversity.

The Agricultural Revolution: Impacts on the Environment

3. The Agricultural Revolution: Impacts on the Environment

The Agricultural Revolution was a time of agricultural development that saw many inventions and advancements in farming techniques. Learn about the Agricultural Revolution and how this period impacted society and the environment.

The Industrial Revolution: Impacts on the Environment

4. The Industrial Revolution: Impacts on the Environment

The Industrial Revolution was marked by the introduction of power-driven machinery and ushered in a time of strong economic development. Learn how advancements made during the Industrial Revolution impacted the environment.

Industrial Development of Emerging Nations and the Environment

5. Industrial Development of Emerging Nations and the Environment

Industrial development has brought economic prosperity to a number of less developed countries. Learn about the environmental challenges and risks associated with these newly emerging national economies.

What Is Industrial Ecology? - Definition and Examples

6. What Is Industrial Ecology? - Definition and Examples

Industrial ecology is a young science that studies industrial systems with the goal of finding ways to lessen their environmental impact. Learn how industries are using industrial ecology to reduce the use of natural resources and generate less waste.

Pollution: Physical, Chemical & Biological

7. Pollution: Physical, Chemical & Biological

Pollution is the presence of unwanted substances in an environment. It is often the result of human interference. Learn about physical, chemical and biological pollutants and see examples of each.

Human Causes of Eutrophication

8. Human Causes of Eutrophication

Eutrophication occurs when a body of water becomes overly enriched with nutrients. While this can happen naturally, accelerated eutrophication is typically the result of human activities. Learn about the human causes of eutrophication.

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