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Properties of water mini-labs

   Finish collecting observations / writing explanations as necessary

   For mini-lab number 4, use this national weather service link

Connecting land use and water quality

   Use this map to brainstorm how land use affects water quality

   In your notes, brainstorm what water from these zones would carry:





NOTES - Water Quality Tests

   TDS / Conductivity




Nature Journal #5 - Changing seasons

The rain is beginning to fall and you should be noticing changes at your spot. Make as many observations as you can about what is changing at your spot and then infer what changes will happen soon. Part 2 - How are YOU affected by the changing of the seasons? How does your routine change now that it is getting colder, wetter, darker?

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Review properties of water

Finish properties of water presentations

Properties of water mini-labs

   Make observations and collect data for each

   Use what you know about the properties of water to explain them

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Nature journal #4 into Notebook

NOTES - Polarity of water

Groups read about and present one unique quality of water

NOTES (on handout) - Qualities of water

(we will finish the presentations on Thursday)

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Make a model watershed

Look at Windsor Creek Watershed using Google Earth

In your notebook:

   draw all Windsor Creeks (Starr, West, East, South) and label

   Put in your house

   Determine which creek runoff from your house will flow to



Nature Journal #4 Finding yourself (see below)

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Applying what we have learned at Kaiser Park (in pairs)
In Notebook - What is in the water at Kaiser Park?
                        Where did it come from?

Look at water samples



Nature Journal #4 Finding yourself

This time, you are going to compare yourself (literally and figuratively), with something at your spot. First choose a single object or organism and describe it in as much detail as you can. Remember to use all of your senses. Then, explain how what you chose is similar to yourself. Have fun with it. Experiment. Be creative. Don't worry about how it sounds, just think deeply and write. Remember to FILL the page with your ideas.


(For example: The tree at my spot has many branches, going in many different directions. It must have many roots as well, even though I cannot see them. This tree is like me because there are so many directions my life is going, many of which are a mystery, even to myself)


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Finish analyzing pollen data
Use primary source documents to make some final conclusions about the grassland ecosystem of the past

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iRespond review
Get back Grassland Surveys and "repair" for more credit
Get back notebooks and tests and look at comments
Analyze fossilized pollen data of grassland and make conclusion

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Put together notebook (it will be graded today)
QUIZ - Interactions and worldview
Continue Ecosystem Change Activity
   Finish grasslands plant survey
   Tree rings


Finish any unfinished work (turn in on Thursday)

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Review of Interaction terms using the clickers
Begin our Ecosystem Change Activity


Nature journal #3 topic for the weekend (write on separate piece of paper): While at your special spot, think about what your spot was like 100 years ago, and then 5000 years ago. Be as specific as you can using details that you see at your spot today. Remember that you want to write ONE FULL PAGE so if you run out of ideas on this topic, write about anything else that inspires you.

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Look at maps of CA to notice the effect of humans on native habitat
Read about CA grasslands
NOTES - on the reading in your notebook. What are the 5 variables that have changed CA grasslands? Describe how they changed them.
Begin looking at Grassland data
Make conclusions from the data

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Compare what we wrote during our time at Kaiser last Thursday

Interactions Activity
Discuss how ecosystems have always changed over time
With a partner, make a table about how Windsor has changed
Windsor 100 years ago     Windsor 100,000 years ago

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Review of terms

New ecosystem terms

Walk to Kaiser Park

   Find examples of ecosystem terms

   Web of interactions

   Write - How have humans influenced the ecosystem at Kaiser Park


Nature journal topic for the weekend (write on separate piece of paper and bring into class on Monday)

Nature Journal #2

Go to your special place this weekend and describe some connections that occur at your special place. Two organisms may be connected or the connection can be between an organism and its environment. Look for clues and be as descriptive as possible but don’t be afraid to make some guesses. For example, if you see a leaf that has been chewed on by bugs, who do you suppose was eating it and why? Use other clues at your spot to create a plausible explanation. Remember that interactions occur between organisms and between organisms and their environment. Remember all of the terms we found at Kaiser Park.


Start with an observation and end with some speculation. Be creative! This can be creative writing, so it is OK to anthropomorphize (attach human attributes to other creatures or objects)



Sept 6 (Tuesday)



Go over "Special Place" Nature journal entries
The Native American Perspective (review world-views)
Levels of organization activity
NOTES - Ecosystem terms
NOTES - Nutrient cycling


Sept 1 (Thursday)



Brainstorm - What is a tree? How is it connected to other things?
Activity - a close look at soil
      observations recorded into notebook
NOTES - Soil composition
NOTES - Carbon Oxygen Cycle



If you haven't already, over the Labor Day weekend, go to your special spot and write at least one full page.

Don't worry too much about proper grammar or spelling, just focus on getting your ideas down on the paper. Answer the following questions:

Nature Journal #1

   • Describe where you are
   • What do you see, smell, hear, feel?
   • What don't you find there?
   • What can you infer?


 August 30 (Tuesday)



Introduction to Nature Journaling
How to use a dichotomous key
Kaiser Park Field Observation
   • Describe where you are.
   • What do you see, smell, hear, feel?
   • What don't you find there?
   • What can you infer?
Brainstorm - What is a tree? How is it connected to other things?


August 26 (Friday)



Make sure your notebook is complete
Finish summarizing World Views and present
NOTES - World view examples
Talk about nature journals



Find a special place where you can write each week. It should be easy for you to get to, be somewhat "wild" and you should feel safe there. We will start writing there regularly but this weekend, just find a spot.


August 24 (Wednesday)



Complete leaf drawing in Journal
"Take a Stand" Explore some moral questions
Discuss our Environmental World view
IN GROUPS: Read about one Environmental World View and summarize



None for today


August 22 (Monday)



Intro to ES slideshow
Get ES journals
NOTES - Leaf Morphology (in journal)

What is Nature? What is its value? How do humans fit in? (in journal)

Leaf drawing (in journal)



Go to my webspace and look around. Send me an email, with your full name in the subject. In the text of the email, make a comment or question about the class or webspace.


August 18 (Thursday)



Get to know you game

Introduction to the class (systems and sustainability)

Introduction to our class (and hopefully school-wide) waste system

Outside games with the whole core!



Go to my webspace and look around. Send me an email, with your full name in the subject. In the text of the email, make a comment or question about the class.

If you do not have email, but use Facebook, find WHS Environmental Engineering and like it. Send a message with your comment or question.

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