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AP Environmental Science

For new and experienced AP teachers, this workshop includes College Board resources, released exams, and student samples

Learning outcomes

After attending this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Align their instruction with the goals of the AP Environmental Science course
  • Identify the skills and knowledge that the exam will assess, and identify the tasks and materials for which students might need more preparation
  • Draft a syllabus that meets the curricular requirements for the course
  • Make equitable access a guiding principle in designing instruction

Workshop materials

At every AP Environmental Science workshop held by the College Board, each participant receives a copy of the Workshop Handbook, which contains:

  • AP Environmental Science Course Description
  • AP Course Audit information
  • Sample syllabus for AP Environmental Science and a Syllabus Development Guide
  • AP Environmental Science free-response materials (student samples, scoring guidelines and commentary)
  • Multiple-choice questions and answers from the AP Environmental Science 2008 Released Exam

Curriculum Module: Agriculture and the Nitrogen Cycle

This curriculum module presents AP Environmental Science teachers with resources to address the common misconceptions students have regarding nitrogen in the context of agricultural practices. Students will be introduced to nitrogen's role as a pollutant in our air and water resources. These introductory ideas will facilitate deeper conceptual understanding later in the course, in the Global Change and Pollution units. Chapters include:

  • Lesson 1: Nitrogen Additions to Soil by Agricultural Practices
  • Lesson 2: Introduction to Nitrogen Pollution of Water by Agricultural Practices
  • Lesson 3: Introduction to Nitrogen Pollution of Air by Agricultural Practices

Note: Curriculum module materials reflect important topics in AP courses, and the materials are meant to provide teachers with resources and classroom ideas. However, curriculum module materials should not be taken as an indication that a particular topic will appear on the AP Exam.

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