LaViolette, Corinne (Science)

Hello Students, Parents and Colleagues! The courses I teach are interdisciplinary with a focus on processes, systems and science practices. Please find more course information below in my class tabs. Stay tuned for more content and updates!

 

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moreAP Environmental Science

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Welcome to AP Environmental Science!


Read on for a preview of the topics we will explore during the Fall 2020 term. We will begin by examining Earth’s natural systems and processes that cycle energy, matter and nutrients through the atmosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere and living organisms. After we gain an understanding and appreciation for these systems and processes, we will begin to look at specific ways that human culture and society have impacted these natural systems and cycles. We will also study important environmental legislation and policy and examine how environmental scientists apply scientific knowledge toward solving complex problems.


Course Content at a Glance (First Semester)


Unit 1: The Living World: Ecosystems


Topics and Concepts:


Terrestrial and Aquatic Biomes


Biogeochemical Cycles – Carbon, Nitrogen and Phosphorus Cycling (more interesting and important than you might guess!)


The Water Cycle (Hydrologic Cycle)


Primary Productivity (Photosynthesis)


Trophic Levels


Energy flow through systems and among living organisms


Food Chains and Food Webs


Unit 2: The Living World: Biodiversity


Topics and Concepts:


Island Biogeography


Ecological Tolerance


Natural disruptions to Ecosystems


Adaptations


Ecological Succession


Unit 3: Populations


Topics and Concepts:


Generalist and Specialist Species


Carrying Capacity


Population Growth and Resource Availability


Human Population Dynamics


Unit 4: Earth Systems and Resources


Topics and Concepts:


Plate Tectonics (Geological Concept)


We will take an in depth look at Soil systems including:


Soil formation


Soil composition and properties


Soils are fascinating systems that are gas, solid, liquid and home to living organisms that drive important biogeochemical cycles. Here in northern Arizona on the Colorado Plateau, we have a wide range of soil types that we can explore and investigate. Lucky us!


Earth’s Atmosphere


Watersheds


Solar Radiation and Earth’s Seasons


Unit 5: Land and Water Use


Topics and Concepts:


Forestry and Logging practices


Impacts of Agriculture


Meat production and Fishing


…We will see how far we get into unit 5 before taking a winter break! All Fall semester and into the Spring term, we will explore topics in the context of four BIG IDEAS: 1) Energy Transfer, 2) Interactions Between Earth Systems, 3) Interactions Between Different Species and the Environment and 4) Sustainability.


 


moreBiology

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Welcome to Biology! 


Please go to your Google Classroom for course information.


 


moreEarth, Space, and the Environment

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Welcome to Earth, Space, and the Environment!


In this course we will explore our planet and our solar system and learn about fascinating concepts that take us to our deepest oceans, our furthest stars and everywhere in between (well almost everywhere).


Exciting topics we will cover during the Fall 2020 term include learning about InSight, a NASA Spacecraft and Lander currently on Mars. InSight deployed scientific instruments on the surface of Mars, including a temperature probe and a seismometer. As a team, we will explore the scientific instruments on the InSight Lander and seismic data being collected that measures Marsquakes!


We will also explore what is known about Enceladus, one of Saturn’s moons. Recent images taken by a NASA spacecraft reveal geyser like plumes of water spraying in to space around the south pole of Enceladus. What was once thought of as a moon with a solid ice layer on the outer surface is now considered an ocean world, with liquid water below the ice sheet! Let’s find out more and ask questions!


moreILS

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Welcome to ILS!


Please go to your Google Classroom for course information.