How They've Grown

[caption id="attachment_1055" align="alignleft" width="300"] By Adrian Maidment[/caption]

It seems like so many of my posts this semester have had some phrase expressing the sentiment that time is flying or that things are moving so quickly. I think that's the best way to sum up the semester. Somehow, someway the semester has concluded. As usual, I am behind in posting the weekly (seems that it has become biweekly) reporter. Consequently this post will be long as I am putting up several weeks worth of reports.

Before exhibiting their work, though, I would like to take a moment to comment on how much I enjoyed my Earth and Environmental Science classes this semester. Sure, there were times that things got a bit unruly, and we did have some problems getting assignments turned in, but what class doesn't. Ultimately, both classes proved to be curious and engaged. They were willing to take on nearly any challenge that I threw at them, and I got to watch them grow by leaps and bounds over the course of the semester. In the first days, searching for the most basic connections between human actions and environmental impact was like stumbling about in a fog. By the final project everyone was flying through the implications of their purchases on the environment. As a teacher it made me proud to see how far they had come during the semester. I will look forward to seeing many of them in future classes.

Alright, that being said, grab a snack and settle in for the longest weekly reporter installment ever. The posts will cover the last week of November and first week and a half of December. Our contributors include Janedasha Robinson, Nya Crockett, MiAsia Bartley, Jalissa Willis, Frank Lopez, and Jarrett Goins. Enjoy!

Janedasha Begins:

This week we learned the concept of a biome. We also learned how abiotic and biotic factors shape a biome. We learned what the term biodiversity means and the importance of it. The importance of a keystone species and the factors it plays in an ecosystem is a topic we learned as well. Understanding the concept of carrying capacity, the effect of removing a keystone species and adding an invasive species is what we learned last week through a poster. Through a poster we interpreted that we understood the notes we learned last week. we also learned which type of renewable energy source and the region it belongs to through a prezi presentation.

Nya Continues:

Last week we created a prezi/project on which type of renewable resources are the best for each region. We also learned what renewable resources are and what they are used for. Renewable resources will never run out and are a lot healthier on the environment and on humans. The only problem is that renewable resources are a lot more expensive. They also have a certain resource for it to be able to be used and work. If that resource isn't there then you can't use that form to make energy. We also learned about the keystone species and invasive species. An invasive species is a species that is introduced to a biome and just takes over. A keystone species is a species that if you take it out of a biome it will mess up the environment and food web.

MiAsia Adds:

This week in Mr. Kites class we learned many important concepts. Starting with biomes and understanding the concept of a biome. We explained how to connect plants and animals in a specific biome. We also learned these key terms Biome: a large naturally occurring community of plants and animals occupying a major habitat.
Biotic and Abiotic factors work together to determine characteristics of a biome. Once we got that down pat we listed the abiotic and biotic factors and how biomes are separated. After we learned the basics we moved on to the term biodiversity, and Explaining the concepts of keystone and invasive species and Providing examples to illustrate the importance of biodiversity in an ecosystem. We also learned the terms interdependent, Ecosystem.Then we ended the week of with the earths resources and which are limited and unlimited. Obviously it was a full week at the lab!

Jalissa Goes on to Say:

The week of December 3rd-7th has been a week full of new things dealing with science. The biggest thing that we have talked about this week in science was eco footprint. What we were expected to learn from the eco footprint was how to describe the concept of an eco footprint. Relate the product consumption to eco footprint and make the connection between food choice and eco footprint. Well to get a clear understanding on what eco footprints actually are.Eco Footprints are all of the resources needed to support your lifestyle. This includes; Diet, things we buy, where we live, and how much water and power we use. The things that we buy can impact the amount of energy we need to maintain the life we live. For an example someone that has an iPhone, uses more energy that someone with a tracfone.The ecological footprint is a measure of human demand on the Earth's ecosystems. It's basically how much of us as humans use our earth.

Frank Continues:

This specific week we disscused many diffrent topics. One thing we went through was biodeversity and it is a big importance to the balence of an ecosystem. Also about the diffrent species like keystone and invasive. We learned that invasive species are not native species and when entering an ecosystem it harms its balence and the process the ecosystem runs by. Keystone species is a good species that keeps balence in its ecoststem and the way the ecosystem runs. All this applys to biodiversity. Also we talked about how diffrent plants determine were they live and that is determined by precipitation and temperture. Many other conversations came up and the most interesting to me is the carring capicity which means for any specific ecosystem theres only a certain amount of food and supply and to me i never considered it a big factor but its something that you should consider if space is an issue.

Jarrett Concludes by Saying:

During the week of our final test we understood the environmental impacts of industrial agriculture. We also describe the farming practices of sustainable agriculture. Not only that we learned that Conventional Agriculture is a Modern farming method that utilize chemical fertilizers, pesticides, and factory. Also we learned that Organic Agriculture is Farming method does not utilizes chemical fertilizers or pesticides. We also gained knowledge about the purpose of agriculture. It is to raise crops & livestock for human use & consumption. We were given time during class to start and/or finish our final project and review for our test. The project "Choices Have Consequences" will be due no later than December 12 at 12:00 am. As our final week approaches, we were given chances to review for our exam. Anyone in our class that earns a A or B average for both nine weeks combined and have 2 or less absents may be exempts from the exam. This concludes our final week in Mr. Kites Earth/Environmental Science class.