Arturo Schomburg Satellite
Environmental Science
with Carol
• To provide students with an awareness of the fragile nature of the natural environment
• To provide students with the skills to critically analyze current events and government actions and policies
• To carry out controlled experiments and write a science research paper
• To prepare students for the Living Environment Regents Exam and the Satellite Science portfolio

Requirements for 2 Credits
1. 95% attendance
2. 2500 class points
3. Satisfactory rating at mid-semester evaluation
4. Satisfactory rating of class portfolio contents and presentation
5. Satisfactory completion of the Environmental Research Project

Required Materials
3 ring Binder, 16 dividers, 50 sheets paper, writing materials

Satisfies the Following New York State Science Standards:
Standards 1 – 7 excluding Standard 3

Satisfies the following Living Environment Science Regents Requirements:
Similarities and Differences
Characteristics of Life
Multi-cellular Organisms
Basic Biochemical Processes of Living Organisms
Organisms and Their Environment
Environmental Changes
Human Impacts
Impact of Technology and Industrialization
Individual Choices and Group Actions
Scientific Inquiry
What is Science and Inquiry?
Laboratory Skills
Microscope Skills
Laboratory Techniques
Controlled Experiments
Data Organization, Analysis and Presentation

Instructional Strategies

Reflection, Habits of Mind, Group Work, Discussion, Critical Thinking

Weeks 1 & 2
Introduction – Portfolio Set – Up
Defining Science Technology and Environment Activity
What’s in the Environment Outdoor Activity
Specimen Collection and Identification
Creating a Dichotomous Key
The Sunflower Conundrum – Laboratory Activity
Understanding Our Environment Reading and Questions

Weeks 3 & 4

Impacts of War Reading and Group Activity
American Dream Group Work Activity
Plant Extracts Activity
Distillation Activity
My Place in the Environment Graphic Organizer
Analyzing Statistics Activity
Climate of Despair Reading and Questions
Microsoft Excel Graphing Activity

Weeks 5 & 6
Quiz 1 Review
Quiz 1
The Melting Marble Conundrum Lab Activity
Acid Rain Reading and questions
Molecules of Life Reading and Questions
Acids Lab Activity
Bases Lab Activity
Saponification Activity

Weeks 7 & 8
Quiz 2 review
Quiz 2
Life Movie and Questions
Building a Cell Activity
Life Reading and Questions
Field Trip to Bronx Botanical Gardens
Processes and Patterns in the Environment Reading and Questions
Building a Biosphere Research Experiment

Weeks 9 & 10
Quiz 3 Review
Quiz 3
Microscopic Investigations Lab
Kingdoms of Life Movie and Questions
Kingdoms of Life group Work Activity
Field Trip Museum of Natural History
Field Trip to Bronx River
Field Trip the Point

Weeks 11 & 12
Quiz 4 Review
Quiz 4
Energy from Food Lab Activity
Counting Calories Activity
Photosynthesis and Respiration lab Activity
Plant Germination Lab Activity
Life Processes Reading and Questions

Weeks 13 & 14

Research Project write-up

Weeks 15 & 16
The Environmental Vehicle Challenge
Petroleum in Our Lives Reading and Questions
Green By Design Reading and Questions
Fuel Alternatives Group Work Activity
Power of the Sun Lab Activity
Letter to Representative

Weeks 17 & 18

Portfolio Preparation and Presentation