Rather than a long, drawn-out musing on some topic or other before getting to the students' week in review submissions, I think we are just going to jump on in. Reporting on the week of 3/24-3/28, Kayla Whitt and Georgia Ritz offer the following thoughts on the week that was. Enjoy!
During the week of March 24 to March 28, our APES class participated in a variety of different classroom activities that further expanded our knowledge of the subjects. Aside from the nightly video assignments, Mr. Kite planned daily agendas for the week that contributed to the closing of one unit and the start of another. OnMonday, the class divided into teams and played a jeopardy review game to prepare for our upcoming test on the following Tuesday. Wednesday, we spent class time discussing our new unit about water, while on Thursday we were given the time to work on our upcoming project. This project is extensive and consists of many parts;however, it is packed with flexibility. Our assignment is to identify and industry (i.e.fashion, textiles, food, tobacco, entertainment) and create a fictional city that was built upon that industry. Following the crash of our city and its industry, our group must decide on a plan of action to restore the city and build on aspects of sustainability. Friday, we got back to work on the water unit and performed a virtual lab in which we analyzed how pollution affects a community’s water quality. Overall,the week was very productive and quite enjoyable.
This week in APES, we got started on our unit about water. One of the things we learned about was water management and the different ways in which humans control oceans, rivers, lakes, and other water sources. On Thursday, we worked in groups to research an issue and then present about it. We learned about levees and Hurricane Katrina, hydroelectricity and the James Bay, and aqueducts and the Aral Sea, just to name a few. One central theme among all of these things is the negative impact humans can have on the environment. Building structures to block the water may be effective for a while, but it diverts water from where it needs to go to grow crops and allow wildlife to survive. One other topic that was presented on was desalination in the Middle East. They get most of their freshwater this way because they live in a very dry area and are surrounded by saltwater, so they don’t have access to readily available freshwater and they have to make it themselves.