Environmental Science

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Group Project

Scientific Assessment:

•People are putting items in the wrong bins

•People don’t know what is recyclable and not recyclable

•People don’t care

Risk Analysis:

   If we don’t start recycling correctly, we will be 

continuing to further damage the environment. The people who take out the recycling will have to continue to sort out the garbage which is time consuming and annoying.

Public Education:

   Students have tried to explain the problems in morning meeting
but it seems to have no effect.  It is nearly impossible to hold 

accountable the people who are not recycling and to enforce the rules.

Therefore, we must make it easier to recycle and in some way, make 

people want to recycle. This would include telling people the effects on the planet if we don’t recycle.

Political Action:

   We will give a quiz during morning meeting asking people what they
think can be recycled and what they think can’t be recycled. Based on
those answers’ we will determine the best course of action.  

One idea is to use multiple recycling bins and have them specifically

labeled for what can go in them.  

Another idea is to get large bins like in the lunchroom and

separate them into fourths; one section for plastics, one 

for glass, one for paper, and one for aluminum. These trash

cans run for around $20 apiece.  For the 5 upper school 

classrooms, the total cost would be $100.

Another idea is to put posters up in each classroom showing what can be recycled and what can’t be recycled.

Long Term Evaluation:

   To evaluate what whether these ideas would be working, 

we would put implement these ideas in 2 of the classrooms and compare the recycling levels with those classrooms that

don’t have the ideas implemented.  If the ideas are working,
then we will use these ideas in all the classrooms.


  • transpiration
  • photosynthesis
  • niche
  • primary producers
    • phototrophs
    • chemotrophs
  • insolation
  • albedo
  • feedback
  • theory

Environmental Science Vocabulary


Day 3: Wednesday, Aug. 29th, 2012

Reading: Chapter 1.

Day 2

Energy in the Earth system

  • albedo
  • transpiration (in terms of energy (cooling))
  • photosynthesis (equation)
  • ecosystems
    • primary producers
      • phototrophs
      • chemotrophs
  • niches

Outside: Initial survey

  • Observe organisms
    • Describe
    • Identify ecological niches
  • Locations
    • Creek/gravel bar
    • base of hillslope
    • halfway up hillslope
    • ecotone between hillside shrubbery and trees
    • forested hillslope

Day 1


  • Boundaries
    • Inputs and Outputs
    • Open and Closed
  • Inside
    • Internal systems
    • Internal organs/parts

The Earth as a System

Carbon Cycle

  • Students drew the cycle in small groups
  • Discussed the cycle as a class
  • Cycle
 Volcanos --> atmosphere --> plants --> atmosphere 
                                    --> underground (fossil fuels) --> volcanoes (millions of years)
                                                                   --> people --> atmosphere (100's of years)
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