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Authors

Hot Mess, PBS

Grades

6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Subjects

Science, Biology, Earth and Space Sciences

Resource Type

  • Videos, 19 minutes, 22 seconds, CC, Subtitles

Regional Focus

Global

Format

YouTube Video

Essentials of Environmental Science: Humans and the Environment

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Synopsis
  • This video provides an overview of environmental science terms and topics.
  • It discusses scientific models, environmental ethics, biotic and abiotic systems, ecosystems, biomes, biodiversity, genetic diversity, endangered species, population dynamics, food webs, trophic levels, and how humans affect the environment.
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • This video would be great to use for defining ecological vocabulary terms.
  • The video is segmented so that it can be used in smaller segments to cover specific topics.

Additional Prerequisites

  • There may be ads before and during the video.

Differentiation

  • The acronym HIPPOC or HIPPCO is introduced towards the end of the video (at 14:58), which could be used as inspiration for an art project or poster project for students to visually display the reasons for species decline and/or reductions in biodiversity.
  • Students could use this video as a review of material covered in a biology or environmental science class.
  • Other resources related to this topic include this article, this PBS video, this Wonder of Science video, this interactive resource, and this online course.
Scientist Notes
This resource is a 19-minute video that gives a broad overview of environmental science. It starts with a discussion of ethics and ways of thinking about our environment before walking through examples including predator-prey relationships, ecosystem services, habitat dynamics, evolution, conceptual models, symbiosis, and others. This resource is rather comprehensive but is well-sourced and approachable. This resource is recommended for teaching.
Standards
  • Science and Engineering
    • LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
      • MS-LS2-1 Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on organisms and populations of organisms in an ecosystem.
      • MS-LS2-4 Construct an argument supported by empirical evidence that changes to physical or biological components of an ecosystem affect populations.
  • English Language Arts
    • Speaking and Listening (K-12)
      • SL.6-8.2 Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric.
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