Correlation And Causation Homework Hotline

Teacher: Milo Mitchel    Email:
Homework: Study for a quiz on Chapter 14 and work on your science project.
Homework: Read Chapter 14 section 3 and take notes. 
3/2 In Class: Quiz on Chapter 13 and Weather

2C budget= One metric ton of carbon pollution per person per year.

Show your work:

Estimate how many miles you drive/ride in a year.

Determine where your transportation is located on the chart. For example, if you ride a train, find the dot for USA and Canada Train on the chart. Find the dots for all your transportation options.

Calculate how many miles you can drive and stay within the 2C budget.

Calculate a scenario in which you drive the miles you want to using the transportation of your choice and remain within the carbon budget.

Homework: Read Chapter 14 sections 1 and 2 and take notes.
2/28 In Class: Climate Change
Homework: Study for a quiz on Friday. Quiz will be on chapter 13 and class lectures. Watch this weather video if you need to review how to read a weather map:
2/14 In Class: Peer Grading + Intro to Chatpter 13: Climate

Sci Fair Timeline:

  • March 16: Have all project components completed.  Finalize your display (Tri-fold boards or electronic)
  • March 16th, 21st and 23rd: Present Projects to Class
  • March 23: Science Fair!
Homework: Read chapter 13 sections 2 and 3 and take notes. Work on your science project including your display board or slideshow.
2/9 In Class:  Test on 11 and 12+ science fair planning sheets and research
Homework: Read chapter 13 sec 1 and take notes.
2/7 In Class: Chapter 11 and 12 Review
Homework: Study for a test on 11 and 12, which will be on Friday 2/9. 
Study key terms and review class notes, specifically about neurogenesis, and the VW scandal. If you missed class this week, watch these videos:
2/2 In Class: Water and Air Pollution Continued + Science Fair
Homework: Read Chapter 12 section 3 and take notes. Select a science fair project. Science Fair is March 23rd from 3:15-4:45. Test on Chapters 11 and 12 will be next Friday 2/9. Study your class notes and the chapter key terms. 

1/31 In Class: Water and Air Pollution

Make presentation outline on your lab doc:

-Describe your experiment (variables, hypothesis, etc).

-Describe what you have done so far.

-Talk about what worked and what didn’t.

1/26 In Class: Water and Air Pollution
  • Observe samples for growth in mycelium. Record these on your doc.
  • Water/mist samples.
  • What will you test for? Add nitrates or some other pollutant to an experimental group, record your hypothesis.
  • Prep your Presentations
  • Fill more burlap with substrate, water and add spawn.
Homework: Find an example of water pollution in the US. Write a half page about it and find three sources to back up your claims. Cite your sources and include a works cited. 
1/24 In Class: Chapter 11: Key Concepts and Review
Homework:Read Chapter 12 sec 1 and take notes.
1/19 In Class: Peer Grading

Lab groups: 

  • Set up another sample inside. 
  • Find other examples of inoculation on wood chips, cardboard and straw online. 
  • Observe samples for growth in mycelium. 
  • Water/mist samples.
  • What will you test for?
Homework: Read Chapter 11 sections 2 and 3 and take notes.
1/17 In Class:  Test on 9 and 10
Homework: Read Chapter 11 section 1 and take notes.
1/12 In Class: Mushroom Lab
  • Dump out water samples and clean sample jars. 
  • How much peroxide do you need to add? Calculate the dilution rate using a proportion (cross multiply). 
  • Sterilize straw then drain. Wear goggles and gloves!
  • Make certain your spawn will not dry out, but still has access to air and some light.
  • Find other examples of inoculation on cardboard and straw online
  • Try adding a small amount of spawn to test out your growing conditions. The small boxes in front of the office have fresh soil, so some stropharia might grow there if kept moist (cover with straw or burlap and label).
  • Read instructions aloud carefully
  • If you have time, watch these videos and use this site for further info:

Homework:Read chapter 10 section 3 and take notes. Study for the test on Wednesday. For the test: know 3 examples of local infrastructure and study the key terms in chapters 9 and 10.

1/10 In Class: Mushroom Lab Planning

In class work: Come up with a job title and job requirements and write them up in a list and turn them in. Describe how you are uniquely suited to the job and why the group can’t succeed with out it being done correctly. Make sure that your job does not overlap with some else’s.

How to keep samples from dying out?

How will you record and keep track of the data from your samples?

Indoor vs outdoor incubation.

What will you test for? What are the variables?

Homework: Read chapter 10 section 2 and take notes. There will be a test on chapters 9 and 10 next Wednesday 1/17.
12/22 In Class: Discussion of Biodiversity Topics andThe Year in Science
If you miss class complete the chapter 10.1 section review.
Homework due 1/10: Write a page long essay on your example of a loss of biodiversity in California. Include a works cited with at least 3 sources. Works cited should be MLA format. Use if you like. Extra Credit: Add an additional page and two more sources to your essay for an extra 20pts. Guide to writing a science essay:
12/20 In Class: Mycoremediation Experiment Design (See below for instructions)
Homework due Friday 12/22: Find an example of a loss of biodiversity in California. Identify the ecosystem and which of the three types of diversity is being lost. What is the keystone species in the ecosystem? Has urbanization played a role? Take notes and save sources, you will use them to write a page about this topic over break. Come prepared to discuss your topic in class.
12/15 In Class: Mycoremediation Instructions and Links. (Source: Wilder)
Homework due 12/15: Read Chapter 9 and take notes. Try adding page numbers to your notes.
12/8 In Class: Test Question Peer Editing
Work on section reviews for chapters 7 and 8.
Homework: Study for a test on chapters 6, 7 and 8 on Wednesday 12/13. Study guide:

-Know local examples of: Deltas, eutrophication, wetlands and estuaries (and threats to them) and nitrate pollution.

-Textbook terms to pay special attention to and have examples of: Predation, coral, latitude, temperate forests, plankton, carrying capacity, symbiosis, niche, exponential growth, parasitism, mutualism, density.

-Understand why Haber Bosch process is relevant to this class.

-Study notes from Tom’s presentation.

-Study class notes.

12/6 In Class: Nitrogen Lab Part 3

1) Retest samples that were positive for nitrates. Have the levels stayed the same? Why? What happened to the nitrogen and oxygen atoms?

2) Test samples you haven’t tested yet, that you have reason to believe contain nitrates.

3) Test all samples for PH and record on lab doc.

4) Write a few sentences about the levels of nitrates you found. What do they indicate about the health of the aquatic ecosystems they were taken from?

5) Look at samples under the microscope and see if you can identify any organisms.

Homework due 12/8: Write a test question using a topic or key term from chapters 6, 7 or 8. Ask a question that makes the test taker do some thinking. 

12/1 In Class: Nitrogen Lab and Research Work

Lab Instructions part A:

1)Start a google doc. Add all group members to doc by sharing doc with them and write down their names on the top of the doc.

2) Research how much nitrogen is a problem. Your goal is to learn how to interpret test results. Write down the answers to these questions on your doc. N= nitrates:

a: How much N (in ppm) is safe for fish?

b: How much N (in ppm) is safe in drinking water?

c: How much N causes algae to bloom?

d: How do you remove N from water?

e: Research labs in the area that test water. Write down phone numbers and email addresses in your lab doc.

Lab Instructions Part B:

1)Make a hypothesis about how much N you will find and possible sources.

2) Write down what your sample is: Where's it from? When was it taken?

3) Test sample wearing gloves and following instructions carefully. Write down test results.

4) Analyze your results. Were the N levels high or low? How have recent rains played a role?

5) Go outside and identify and write down places where nitrogen/nitrate runoff could occur. Lawns? Vineyards above us? Gardens? Compost? Take a water sample if possible.

6) Clean up your lab table. Throw away all used gloves and wipe table.

Homework due 12/6: Read Chapter 8 section 2 and take notes.
11/29 In Class: Nitrogen Lab and Research Work
Homework: Read Chap 8 section 1 and take notes.
11/17 In Class: Quiz on Chap 5 and Presentation by Solar Expert Tom Danaher
Homework due 11/29: Read Chapter 7 and take notes.
11/15 In Class: Chapter 6 discussion and peer grading of chapter review.
-History of vaccines powerpoint.
Homework due 11/17: Study for a quiz on chapter 5.
11/8 In Class: Carbon and Nitrogen Cycles
-Complete your diagrams and compare with other groups/individuals.
-Make sure you have specific sources of C and N listed, For example: the Santa Rosa sewage treatment plant (address, how much nitrogen?)
Homework due 11/15: Read all of chapter 6 and answer questions 1-23 in the Chapter review.
11/3 In Class: Carbon and Nitrogen Cycles
-Create local carbon and nitrogen cycle diagrams that illustrate the sources and sinks of carbon and nitrogen in Sonoma County. Example sources: CO2 from cars, Nitrogen from cow manure. List at least 4 sources and four sinks of each.
-Finish questions under 11/1
Homework due 11/8: Read Chap 5 section 3 and take notes. 
Read this article: and write a page long response. Include two quotes from the article. Write about how exactly the exercise pill works on a cellular level, and whether you think the drug should be legal in the US.
11/1 In Class: Review test and completeChap 5 sec. 1 review Q's 1-4.

Photosynthesis and cellular respiration equation work:

Write out the equation for photosynthesis and respiration, then make arrows and bubbles and write out :

1.What is needed for photosynthesis to occur? Be specific. What is

needed for cellular respiration to occur?

2. What is chlorophyl?

3. Why are the two equations exactly opposite?

4. Where do these chemical reactions take place?

5. How does each reactant get into the cell?

6. Where do the products go?

7. How do these reactions take place? Do some research on this.

8. How do these equations relate to global oxygen and carbon dioxide levels?

9. Where does the ATP (energy) produced in cell respiration go?

Fact checking and primary sources:

Homework due 11/3: Read chapter five section two and take notes.
10/25 In Class:  Test on chapters 3 and 4
Homework due 11/1: Read chapter five, section one and take notes. Work on refining and improving your note taking skills. Refer to page 144 in your Inquire book for tips on taking reading notes. Also see page 604 in your textbook.
10/25 In Class: Work on chap. 4 section 3 review.
  • Evaluate your partner’s source as you read at least one of their articles and their half page. Is the article a good, trustworthy source? Why or why not?
  • Write a paragraph long source evaluation on your partner's paper.
  • Everyone must turn in a half page plus a works cited including three article links.
Homework: Study for test using guide below:
Study Guide for Test on 10/27: 
-Study your textbook and class notes.
-Review the key terms in chapters 3 and 4.
-Study the answers to the section review questions for chapters 3 and 4.
-Know the 3 parts of the water cycle, and the 3 methods of heat transfer in Earth's atmosphere.
10/20 In Class: Chapter 4 section 2: work on section review Q's.
-Find two more articles about your topic, read them and answer the questions under 10/6
-Write a half a page about your sources. What conclusions can you draw? What correlations were mentioned in the articles? Turn this in with your sources at the end of class.
-Turn in as homework if you don't finish in class.
Homework Due 10/25: Read Chapter 4 section 3 and take notes. Also finish your half page on the articles you found (if you haven't already) and make sure you have links to 3 articles included. 
There will be a test on Chapters 3 and 4 Friday October 27th (See study guide above).
10/18 In Class: Work on Chapter 4 section 1 section review.
Homework due Friday 10/20: Read Chapter 4 section 2 and take notes. 
  • This week school is closed and there are no assignments due or given.
  • Completed work lost due to fire or evacuation is excused and does not need to be redone.
  • Students unable to attend onsite classes when school resumes will be excused and given assignments they can complete without coming to campus.
  • All students who have lost books or access to books will be issued new books. 
  • When school resumes student/teacher meetings can be phone or skype meetings.
  • We have online class options through Odyssey that students can move to and we will have a teacher who can grade and manage work done online.

-Present key term to class.
-Chapter 3 Section 3 review.
-Find an article related to env. sci. and complete theses Q's:
-Find and write down one quote from the article. Explain why you picked it.
-Does the article cite quality experiments and studies to back up its claims?
-Where was the article published? Is this a reputable source?
-Write down the web address of the article.
-Be prepared to summarize the article.
Homework Due 10/11: Read Chapter 4 section 1 and take notes.
-Work on Q's 1-4 in the chap 3 section 2 review.
Homework Due 10/6: Read chap 3 section 3 and take notes. Prepare and have your key term presentation ready for Friday.
-Work on Q's 1-4 in the chap 3 section 1 review.
-Alexander von Humbolt's adventures and science.
Check out these textbook resources:

-conversions p 633

-maps p 664

-notetaking skills p 604

Earthquakes and Fracking:

Homework due 10/4: Read chapter 3 section 2 and take notes.
  • Test on Chapters One and Two.
  • Intro to chapter three and vulcanology.
Homework due 9/29: Read chapter 3 section one.
-Chapter 2 Section 3 discussion.
-How to make stress your friend:
Homework: Study for test on Wednesday 9/27 (see study guide below). Read chapter 2 section 3 and answer questions 1-4 in the section review if you haven't already. Review your notes and homework for Chapter 1 and 2.

Study Guide for 1st Test:

-Understand types of pollutants described in Chap 1.

-Study types of resources, and know examples (p 14).

-Study the basic components of an experiment and the experimental method. Be able to give an example of a hypothetical experiment.

-Study the section on correlation in Chap 2 and understand how correlation differs from causation.

-Study the section of Chap 2 about habits of scientists.

-Understand the bell curve and the concept of distribution

-Study the section of Chap 2 about models, be able to give an example of each.

-Study the role values play in environmental science (p 47)

-Chapter 2 section 2 discussion.
Homework due 9/27: Read chapter 2 section 3 and answer questions 1-4 in the section review. Test on chapters one and two next wednesday 9/27.
Finish Ecology Lab  To Do:
-Collect flags and twine and bring to classroom.
-Turn in Lab Report and Site Map.
How can a scientist be both skeptical and open to new ideas at the same time? Think of such a situation.
Write out the three habits of scientists as subject headings in your notes for today.
Make sure you understand what a correlation is and be able to give an example.
Homework due Wednesday 9/20: Read Chapter 2 section 2 and answer 1-4 in the section review.
9/13 In Class: Chapter One + Ecology Lab Part 2
-Each student needs to make observations and add them to lab report.
-Lab report will consist of answers to questions 2-5 on page 29.
-Make sure question #5 is completely answered on page 28.
-Write your name next to contributions you make to the lab report.
-Make sure each group member contributes to the site map. Add color and include a key. Reread directions to make sure you are doing it right.
Chap 1 Questions to answer with your table: These may be on the first test. 

1) Why is the Industrial Revolution an important topic in this class? List 2 upsides to it and 2 downsides.

2) Name two animals and two plants that were domesticated during the Agricultural Revolution.

3) Give an example of a loss of biodiversity. Why did it occur?

4) Give an example of the law of supply and demand at play causing the price of something either to rise or fall.

If you missed class, turn in answers to the Q's above next class. Also watch this video:

Homework Due Friday 9/15: Read Chapter 2 Section 1 and complete questions 1-5 in the Section Review.
Ecology Lab: Work with your assigned group to complete instructions on page 28 in the textbook and create a site map. Also start to type up a lab report, which is due next week.
Homework due Wednesday 9/13: Read Chapter 1 in the textbook and take notes referring to the note taking guides as needed (see links above). Bring these notes to class.
9/6 In Class:Welcome to Environmental Science! This first class will be an introduction to the course and also cover the requirements.
Homework Hotline: Check it after each class and write down homework assignment if you haven’t already.

Homework Due Friday: Read thisLichen Articlebring in a passage that you liked or one that you didn’t understand.

Questions to ponder while reading and answer in groups on Friday.

1) How was Toby able to get a PHD without a high school diploma?

2) Why was Toby's discovery significant? What other discoveries could it lead to?

3) The article says Toby took risks in his research, what might those be? 

Environmental Science

Instructor:Milo Mitchel


General Information

Dear students and families,

Hello and welcome to Environmental Science!This is a two-semester class in which we will investigate plant science, weather science, ecology, and alternative energy.Each class session will include a discussion of new material, review of at-home assignments. Independent work will comprise about 40% of the workload and will include completion of lab reports, reading assignments with comprehension questions, reflections on in-class notes, independent research projects, and take-home tests.


You are required to bring the following to class each day we meet:

  1. 1.1.Textbook
  2. 2.Binder (1 1/2- 2 inch), with assignment sheet and two section dividers: “Notes”, “Returned Work”
  3. 3.Binder Paper
  4. 4.Pen and Pencil

Phone Use policy: I encourage you to use your phone for class related research and notes. If you are using it for other things, your grade will suffer. It's a matter of trust since it’s hard for me to tell what you are doing on your phone.  

Homework: I hope that you do it all yourself, but if I suspect plagiarism, meaning any sort of copying or cutting and pasting, there will be serious consequences. Plagiarism is a serious offense and will result in a call home to parents and possible removal from the class.

Behavior Expectations:

In order have a classroom community in which everybody feels respected, safe, and enthusiastic about learning, each student must be mature, responsible and respectful.Please refer to the Orchard View Behavior Guidelines for specific rules.We will discuss as a class laboratory safety procedures.

Grading Policy

Students’ grades will be based on completion and quality of assigned work, attendance, and participation in class activities and discussions according to the approximate percentages below:

Independent Projects/Lab Reports/ In-Class Activities               20%

Tests/ Quizzes40%


Attendance/ Participation                                                                   20%

Lab reports:

These are write-ups on in-class laboratory projects.We will discuss the format in class.


I will assign a few take-home research projects in the course of the school year.There will also be a few group presentation projects.Late projects will be marked down 10% (one whole letter grade) for every day they are late.

Tests/ Quizzes:

Generally, I will give a test at the end of every two chapters which will include both multiple choice and short-answer sections.Some short quizzes will be given in the interludes.I will announce the date of the tests at least one week in advance.I will announce quizzes at least two days in advance.There will be no pop quizzes.


I will give homework assignments at every class meeting.These will consist of reading assignments with comprehension questions, completion of lab reports from in-class labs, and online activities.Assignments will be due at the beginning of the following class meeting.Late assignments will receive half credit.If you are absent, you will be allowed to have the same amount of time everyone else had to complete the assignment.


I require students to take notes from the lectures. These notes will be checked and graded the following class.Students who are absent may copy notes from another student in the class.

Attendance/ Participation:

Attendance is crucial to your success in this class.It is very difficult to catch-up if you fall behind.You will receive attendance credit for every day that you are present, on time, and ready to work.Your participation grade will be based on your participation in class discussions, both as a listener and a speaker, your ability to cooperate and work well in small groups, and your class behavior.

Extra Help

I am usually available briefly before or after class for students needing assistance with an assignment.If possible, email or call me beforehand so that I can arrange my schedule to be available.

Username:_________________________ Password:__________________________

Grading Scale :90-100%A


70-79%C“0-2%” =-

60-69%D“7-9%” =+


1) Present Ecology Lab Boards to peers

-Did you observe anything interesting?

-Inspect your partner’s notebook

2) Grade Notebook: 10pts

-Give one point per observation. 

-make sure there are dates and times. if not take off 2 points.

3) GradeEcology Board: 10pts

-Are there readable symbols? If not, take off one point.

-Does it look like a lot of effort was put into it? If not, take off 2 points.

4) GradeConclusion paragraphs: 10pts

-Are there 2 paragraphs?  If not, take off 3 points. 

-Are there predictions made?  If not, take off one point.

Everything below this is from last year:

5/26 In Class: Turn in your Textbook.  
Homework: Have a good summer! 
5/24 In Class: Bring your textbook Friday!
5/19 In Class: Evaluations- voting on feedback. Psychology of climate change. Discuss citizen science ideas and projects.
Homework due Wednesday 5/24 : Choose an emerging form of renewable energy (not traditional wind or solar), research it and write a paragraph answering the following questions. What are the advantages and disadvantages? What are the barriers to it being adopted? What it look like if deployed in Sonoma County? Be prepared to present to class. Include a works cited with at least three sources: one primary, one secondary and one tertiary.

Possibilities: Micro hydro power, geothermal, algae fuel, human power, waste digesters.

5/17 In Class: Lead lab, citizen science, class evaluations.
Homework: Find a citizen science project that interests you and that you would like to participate in. Write a paragraph about why. Here's a list you can choose from:
5/12 In Class:  Treaty presentations. Exam makeup if you missed Wednesday's class. How do we know how old the Earth is?
5/10 In Class: Final Exam
5/5 In Class: Treaty presentations. Meet with study groups and make a plan to study. History National Parks and US conservation efforts.

Homework: study for exam on Wednesday May 10th, meet with your study group. You are allowed to have one side of a 3x5 card with notes during the exam. This card will be turned in with the exam.

Study Guide for Final Exam (Subject to Additions and Changes)

Terms and Topics to understand and be able to give examples of.

  • Environmental treaties- Know about two of the ones we studied.
  • Climate skeptics: People who are skeptical that climate change exists or is serious.
  • Habits of a Scientist: Curiosity, open mindedness, skepticism.
  • Scientific Method
  • Peer Review
  • Biodiversity - The genetic, species, and ecological diversity of the organisms in a given area.
  • Ecology - The scientific study of relationships between organisms and their environment. It is concerned with the life histories, distribution, and behavior of individual species as well as the structure and function of natural systems at the level of populations, communities and ecosystems. 
  • Fossil Fuels - Petroleum, natural gas and coal created by geological forces and from organic wastes and dead organisms.
  • Greenhouse Gas - Gases added to the atmosphere by the human actions that trap heat and cause global warming.  Also a gas that contributes to the greenhouse effect by absorbing infrared radiation. 
  •  How carbon emissions affect the environment.
  • Bias- Know examples of biased experiments and biased articles and why avoiding bias in science is important.
  • Know how fracking works and what environmental harms it can cause.
  • Estuaries and deltas and their ecological significance.
  • Superfund sites
  • Source Reduction
  • Correlation and causation 
  • Nuclear power plants- use nuclear fission and nuclear fusion to heat water and make steam to turn a turbine and create immense amounts of power
  • Parasitism, mutualism, commensalism, symbiosis- types of relationships between organisms
  • Renewable resources- Resources normally replaced or replenished by natural processes.
  • Renewable Energy sources.
  • Infrastructure- a structure that is shared amongst the community. (road, sewage system, power grid.)
  • Nonrenewable resources-  Minerals, fossil fuels, and other materials present in essentially fixed amounts.
  • Ozone Hole
  • Natural Selection and Artificial Selection

5/3 In Class:  Research assigned treaty in Chapter 21 (p 580 an p 581). Write a paragraph answering the following questions: Was it effective? Why or why not? Has it been updated? Who were the signatories? Present to class. Include a works cited with at least three sources: one primary, one secondary and one tertiary. 

Homework: Review Textbook, homework and quizzes to prepare for final exam. Meet with your study group. Wrap up treaty research and prepare to present to the class if you haven't already.
4/28 In Class: Quiz on Chap 21 and Primary and Secondary Sources. History of US conservation.
Homework: Read chapter 21 sec 3 and take notes.  Research assigned treaty in Chapter 21 (p 580 an p 581). Start a works cited (preferably a google doc) and find at least two sources: one primary, and one secondary. 
4/26 In Class: Turn in notes on Chap 21 sec 1, discuss and watch videos on environmental economics. Form study groups and create proposed exam questions. Each group member must create one question that makes you think.
Homework: Read Chapter 21 section 2 and study for a quiz on Chap 21 and Primary and Secondary sources Friday.
4/21 In Class: Wrap up soil lab (see instructions below). Toxicology jobs.
Homework: Read Chapter 21 sec 1 and turn in a page of notes. Work on note taking strategy. See final study guide below(Exam will be May 10th):
4/19 In Class: Quiz on Chap 20 sec 1 plus the lab group presentations and the importance of delegating.
Homework: Read Chapter 20 section 2 and take notes. Turn in a page of notes on friday.
4/14 In Class: Presentations on lab work. Renewable energy discussion.
Homework: Read Chapter 20, section 1 and study for a quiz on Wednesday. The quiz will be on Chap 20 sec 1 plus the lab group presentations and the importance of delegating.
4/12 In Class: Quiz on 18 and 19. Lab conclusions and cleanup and presentation prep. 
Homework: Catch up on missing assignments. Prep for presentation and research other possible labs.
4/7 In Class: Quiz on chap 19 sec 1 and 2. Lab work- peer reviewing. Habits of Scientists: Curiosity, Skepticism, Open Mindedness.
Homework: Read Chap 19 sec 3 and study for a quiz Wednesday on the key terms in the section and also study the key terms from chapter 18.
4/5 In Class: Chapter 18: discussion of renewables and innovation in energy. Talk about homework. Lab work.
Try to imagine a scenario in which plants were polluted in a similar way as the plants in your experiment. Possible examples: oil in storm runoff, salt water intrusion due to sea level rise, nitrates from a sewage treatment plant, acid rain.Write about this scenario, and include the who, what, where and why. What caused it and how might it be addressed (mitigation)? How would the pollution in this scenario be different from your experiment, and how might you better simulate this type of pollution in a future experiment (for instance: acid rain is not just acid).
Homework: Read Chapter 19 sections 1 and 2  and come prepared to take a quiz Friday on those sections. Study the key terms (see page 536).
3/31 In Class: Quiz on Oil. Pollution Lab and writing up lab report on google docs. 
Homework: Review all of chapter 18  and write a paragraph about the form of renewable you find most promising and why. Do some internet research to find out more and cite your sources.
3/29 In Class: Chapter 17- turn in homework and discuss. Presentation on CA's Petroleum Highway. Work on lab design and turn in lab plans, one per group. See instructions below:

Find at least one similar experiment or study and cite it on your lab plan. 

Homework: Read Chapter 18 sections 1 and 2 and study for quiz on chapter 17 and the geopolitics of oil.
3/15 In Class: Quiz on EPA. Chap 15 discussion.
Homework: Read all of chapter 17 and choose 8 questions to answer in the section reviews. Add on Q's 10-18 in chapter review if you haven't already turned them in.
3/15 In Class: Presentations and discussion of Chapter 15. History of the EPA powerpoint.
Homework: Read Chapter 16 sec 1 and 2 and choose 5 questions to answer in either section review. Study for quiz on the history of the EPA friday.
3/10 In Class: Presentations and Quiz.
Homework: Read Chapter 15 sec 3 and complete questions 1-5 in section review.
3/8 In Class: Presentations. Chap 15 sec 2. If you missed class, watch these videos:
Homework: Study for quiz on Friday on chap 15 sec 1 and 2 plus presentations (unless you missed class wednesday). 
-Understand the costs and benefits of the Green Revolution.
Give examples of -desertification  -salinization -acidification  -erosion
-Why is arable land important and what is happening to it.
3/3 In Class: Presentations plus global famines.
Homework: Chapter 15 section 2 plus Q's 1-6 in Section 2 Review.
3/1 In Class: Turn in papers and outlines. Schedule presentations. Coyote Creek flooding. Carbon pricing follow up.

Read the article (see link below) and write out answers to the questions and turn in today. You can work together but you each need to turn something.
Homework:  Chapter 15 section 1, plus questions 1-6 in section review.  Quiz on Friday on Chapter 15 sec 1.
2/15 In Class: Chapter 14 lesson and discussion: wilderness, conservation, open space, etc. Carbon Dividend presentation. Peer editing.
Homework due Wednesday 3/1:Final draft of your research paper and an outline of your presentation. Make sure to check the research project rubric in the file cabinet to make sure you have met the criteria for the assignment. 
Presentations should be about 5 minutes long, max.

2/10 In Class: Chapter 14 lesson: GPS, GIS, urban planning, etc. Present rough drafts. 

Homework: Chapter 14 section 3 review and answer questions 1-4

2/8 In Class: Quiz on Chapter 13.  Group climate change math challenge. Presenting rough drafts to class.

Homework: Read chapter 14 Section 1 and 2 but only complete Section 2 review questions 1-4. You must turn in a rough draft Friday! Be prepared to talk about your best source and what you need for your final draft.

2/3 In Class: Chap 13 Sec. 3- discuss and work in groups on carbon budget math assignment. We'll also be learning more about climate models:

Homework: First draft of research paper with minimum 4 source bibliography and outline attached. Be ready to discuss it in class. Study for quiz on Wednesday on chapter 13.

Study Guide for Quiz: Know these terms and be able to give examples:

-Greenhouse effect   -greenhouse gasses      -Kyoto protocol     -Ozone Layer and Hole

-CFC's    -Latitude   -El Nino and La Nina

2/1 In Class: Refining outlines and ozone layer discussion.

Homework due Friday 2/3: Chapter 13 Section 3 plus section review.

1/27 In Class: Quiz on Chapters 11 and 12 (see below for study guide). Discussion of research project notes. I will check them, but hold on to them. Discussion of Chapter 13. Work in groups on research project. 

Homework: Finish outline of research paper and read Chapter 13 Section 2 and complete Section 2 Review.

1/25 In Class: Science Fair research project work with partners.

Homework: Chapter 13 Section 1 and complete Section 1  review. Study for quiz on Friday on chapter 11 and 12. 

Key Terms to study for quiz:

-Pathogen       -Watershed       -Biomagnification

-Aquifer       -Thermal Pollution     -Secondary Pollutant

-Light pollution     -PH        -Acid Precipitation (what causes it?)

1/20 In Class: Chapter 12 review and key concepts - go over and discuss. Air, noise and light Pollution.

Homework Due 1/25: Select and refine a topic for the science fair research paper and make a page of notes as you research that topic. Turn in the page of notes on Wednesday. Science Fair is March 10th. I will post the rest of the research project due dates next week.

1/18 In Class: Chapter 11 review and key concepts - go over and discuss. The water cycle and types of water pollution.

Homework: Read Chapter 12 and answer questions 10-24. Note different questions from last time.

1/13 In Class: Ocean organism lab! I collected samples of organisms from Bodega Bay and from Salmon Creek beach, which we will analyze under the microscopes, identify, and write a lab report about. 

Directions: Please get into the same lab groups as last time.

1) Assign a member of your group to get and set up a microscope. 

2) Assign another group member to carefully gather some slides and slide covers, clean them if necessary.

3) Assign a group member to start a lab report on a piece of paper or chromebook. Write down names of group members, then start to list what you see in your sample, including plants, animals, pollutants, and minerals. 

4) Assign each group member something to try and identify. Identify at least 3 organisms. Write out their latin name and a paragraph about how they fit into the ecosystem. Search for pictures of aquatic ecosystems with ID labels. Look in your textbook in chapter 7 to see threats to marine ecosystems and things you might want to look for.

5) Write up a summary of what you have found. Can you make a hypothesis about the health of the ecosystem? Can you think of a scenario in which the Bay waters become anaerobic? Hint: algae.

Homework: Read Chapter 11 if you haven't already, and complete questions 6-18 in the chapter review.Write up a paragraph summarizing the work of your lab group and what experiments you would want to do next based on the questions that came up in this ocean lab.

12/11  No Class

12/21 In Class: 

 Algae Lab part two:

a. Fill in students who were absent about what we did in part one of the lab. Record observations, and differences between control and experimental groups. 

b. Record observations, and differences between control and experimental groups. Add notes from your homework research where relevant.

c. Write a paragraph of conclusions. Did your predictions come true? What would you do differently next time? 

What would the impact be on a creek ecosystem if it had this much nitrogen dumped into it? What organisms would be impacted.

Write down how your group could have done a better job collaborating and with division of labor.

d. Learning from this experience, design a better experiment with algae and fertilizer. Calculate how the dilution rate you would use and show your work (you will start with fertilizer that has 2% nitrogen)

e. Pour flasks out (spreading out the liquid) on green plants in the quad. Clean flasks with soap and water and put on drying rack.

No Homework over break.

12/16 In Class: Algae lab observation and taking mid term. If you miss class you can make up mid term on Wednesday. 

Homework: Research algae. How to grow it in a lab, how to measure oil content, sensitivity to PH changes, temperature and light, where to find samples. Write up the sources you find along with descriptions and notes. Turn in Wednesday.

12/14 In Class: Algae Lab. Work with your group and follow the directions below:

1)Assign one person to start a lab sheet, which you will all contribute to. Write your name next to the parts you write. Write down and describe:

-date   -group member names    -what you are testing   -Experimental and control groups

-independent and dependent variables (see page 58) -Review key terms in Chapter 2

First: Each group member must write out detailed instructions and answer the questions for one of the items below on your lab doc. 

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