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Summer Assignments for PHS: Environmental Science - AP


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AP Environmental Science (APES) Summer Work

You may be aware that this course has an extensive syllabus and is more interdisciplinary than most other science courses you have taken. We will be incorporating aspects of Earth Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Economics, Government, and more. It is important that you come to class in August with a basis from which to begin the year. Below you will find your work for the summer.  You will be expected to bring part 1 to class on the first day of school and it will be graded. Part 2 should be emailed to me ahead of the first day of school so I can get to know you a little bit before class! 

Part 1: Movie Assignment

  1. You are to watch a movie selected from the list below.

  2. From this movie, you are to write a report (2-4 pages) that addresses the following aspects.  Be sure that your report is in paragraph format and not submitted as a list of questions and answers.

  3. What was the environmental situation addressed in the book or movie?

  4. Was this situation natural or man-made?

  5. Exactly how did this situation occur (what is the cause)?

  6. What were the positive and/or negative effects of this situation? (Any legislation created is a positive effect)

  7. How was this situation fixed – if at all?

  8. Was anyone held responsible for this situation?

  9. How was fault determined?

  10. What consequences did they face – if any?

  11. What were the long-term ecological impacts of this event – if any?

  12. What did you already know about this situation before this project?

  13. What is the most interesting thing(s) you learned by doing this project?

 Movie Suggestions:

  • An Inconvenient Truth (PG)

  • Blackfish (PG-13)

  • The Biggest Little Farm (PG)

  • Blue Vinyl (NR)

  • Chasing Coral (NR)

  • Climate Refugees (NR)

  • Contagion (PG-13)

  • Erin Brockovich (R)

  • Fern Gully (G)

  • Fire Down Below (R)

  • Gorillas in the Mist (PG-13)

  • HOME (Documentary)

  • Outbreak (R)

  • Promised Land (R)

  • Recycled Life (NR)

  • The China Syndrome (PG)

  • The Day After Tomorrow (PG-13)

  • The Perfect Storm (PG-13)

  • The 11th Hour (PG-13)

  • The Cove

  • Trashed


Part 2: Contact Information

Email with the following information. This is a way to get to know you before the start of class! It is also an opportunity for me to gear the class to your interests..

  • Your full name and what you prefer to be called.

  • Who you are and what are your interests?

  • What is your personality type? (If you're not sure, take an online personality test. There are many!)

  • Why are you taking AP Environmental Science?

  • What are some topics or issues which interest you in this course? 

  • What do you look forward to learning about in this class?

  • List last years science and math courses and current math and science courses.

  • What qualities do you have that will help you be successful in this class?

  • What are your college and career aspirations?

  • Anything else I should be aware of?

Have a wonderful summer and get excited for an excellent year!!!

Ms. Zabel