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Ch 33: The Environmental Impact of Humans: Homeschool Curriculum

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The Environment Impact of Humans unit of this High School Biology Homeschool course is designed to help homeschooled students learn about how humans affect the environment. Parents can use the short videos to introduce topics, break up lessons and keep students engaged.

Who's it for?

The Environmental Impact of Humans unit of our High School Biology Homeschool course will benefit any student who is trying to learn about how humans affect the environment. There is no faster or easier way to learn about the environmental impact of humans. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who require an efficient, self-paced course of study to learn about the nitrogen and carbon cycles, as well as the different types and sources of water pollution.
  • Homeschool parents looking to spend less time preparing lessons and more time teaching.
  • Homeschool parents who need a biology 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 the Environmental Impact of Humans unit exam confirm understanding or identify any topics that require review.

Environmental Impact of Humans Unit Objectives:

  • Learn about fossil fuels and global warming.
  • Discover the harmful effects of the thinning ozone layer.
  • Explore chemical, biological and physical pollution.
  • Study greenhouse gases and acid rain.
  • Learn how humans contribute to habitat destruction.
  • Read about deforestation, desertification and over-exploitation.

10 Lessons in Chapter 33: The Environmental Impact of Humans: Homeschool Curriculum
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The Nitrogen Cycle, Acid Rain and Fossil Fuels

1. The Nitrogen Cycle, Acid Rain and Fossil Fuels

Do you know the difference between nitrite and nitrate? Do you have any clue how all the nitrogen in the atmosphere becomes usable? If you can't answer these questions, then you need to watch this lesson on the nitrogen cycle.

The Carbon Cycle and Long-Term Carbon Storage

2. The Carbon Cycle and Long-Term Carbon Storage

All living organisms have a role in the carbon cycle. Do you know you understand how humans, animals and plants use carbon? This lesson will introduce you to the carbon cycle and explain how it functions on a global scale.

Fossil Fuels, Greenhouse Gases, and Global Warming

3. Fossil Fuels, Greenhouse Gases, and Global Warming

In this video lesson, you'll learn what roles fossil fuels and greenhouse gases play in global warming, as well as what life on Earth can expect due to rising carbon dioxide levels within Earth's atmosphere.

Pollution: Physical, Chemical & Biological

4. 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.

Water Pollution: Definition, Types, and Sources

5. Water Pollution: Definition, Types, and Sources

In this lesson, you will learn about the different types and sources of water pollution. You will gain an understanding of both surface water and groundwater pollution and the similarities and differences between them.

What Is Air Pollution? - Definition, Sources & Types

6. What Is Air Pollution? - Definition, Sources & Types

In this video lesson, you will learn about the sources and types of air pollution. You will be able to identify the six classes of air pollutants identified by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Clean Air Act of 1970.

The Ozone Layer: Importance and the Harmful Effects of Thinning

7. The Ozone Layer: Importance and the Harmful Effects of Thinning

In this lesson, you will learn the importance of the ozone layer and how it is depleted. You will also study the research and policy that has been instrumental in its recovery.

Pollution and Habitat Destruction: The Human Factors Contributing To Endangerment & Extinction

8. Pollution and Habitat Destruction: The Human Factors Contributing To Endangerment & Extinction

In this lesson you will learn about two ways humans contribute to species extinction. We break up habitats by building roads and clearing land, and we pollute both land and water. You will also learn about the specific terms used to describe the processes, habitat fragmentation and anthropogenic pollution.

Deforestation, Desertification & Declining Biological Diversity

9. 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.

Over-Exploitation: How Humans Affect Ecosystems By Decreasing Species Populations

10. Over-Exploitation: How Humans Affect Ecosystems By Decreasing Species Populations

In this lesson, you'll learn how humans overexploit or overharvest species. You will discover the primary way in which humans are responsible for overfishing. You will also learn about how this negatively impacts ecosystems.

Chapter Practice Exam
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