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Environmental Science

Daniel Hyke

Daniel Hyke received his BA degree in Environmental Studies within the Department of Social Ecology at the University of California, Irvine in 1981.  His Masters degree was completed at California State University, Los Angeles.  He has taught regular Environmental Science, and AP Environmental Science at Alhambra High School in Southern California for over twenty years.

Daniel Hyke has been involved with the AP Environmental Science program since its inception twenty-one years ago.  He has participated in numerous readings over the years and has served both as a table leader and a question leader.  In addition, he has worked for the Alhambra Unified School District where he has taught AP Environmental Science most years since it was first offered by the College Board in 1997-98.

Daniel Hyke has been a presenter for the College Board for over twenty-two years leading one-day, two-day and one-week AP Environmental Science workshops.  He has presented throughout the United States and Canada helping teachers with their AP Environmental Science programs.

Several of Daniel’s AP Environmental Science labs are now appearing in the laboratory manual and resource guide that accompanies the leading AP Environmental Science textbook: Miller’s Living in the Environment.

 Daniel has served as a reviewer for several Environmental Science textbooks including Environment- the Science Behind the Stories by Brennan and Withgott He has created and edited several AP Environmental Science multiple choice tests found in the ancillary materials of leading AP Environmental Science textbooks.  He was a major contributor to McGraw-Hill’s On Board for AP Environmental Science’s website which is designed to help prepare students for taking the AP Environmental Science class.

He has been named one of the top twenty AP Instructors by the Western Region of the College Board and was voted “Teacher of the Year” by the students at Alhambra High School.

Course Description

DAY ONE (Ecology and Population)
  • Dan’s Introduction Power Point-Importance of Environmental Science
  • Participant Introductions
  • Finish Introductory Power Point
  • Logistics for the Week (Bathrooms, Breaks, Lunch, Roll sheets, College credit, etc.)
  • Agenda for the week
  • Four Sources for your course: you, me, College Board, and your colleagues
  • Textbook of the Day
  • College Board’s AP Environmental Science Course Outline
  • Dan’s AP Environmental Science Course Outline
  • Power Point Presentation Fundamental Concepts: “Earth Island,” “Easter Island,” “Escape from the Planets of the Humans,” and “Earth is a Special Place.”
  • Ecocolumn Lab and the use of test kits and probe-ware

Morning Break

  • Allelopathy Lab
  • Fire Ecology Lab
  • Grass Decomposition Lab
  • “Introduction to Human Population Growth” Power Point
  • Introduction to Population Math
  • 10,000 Years of Human Population Growth – Student Graphing Activity
  • Structure and purpose of the AP Environmental Science Exam
  • Go over select Multiple Choice Test questions from the 2016 released exam
  • Analysis and discussion of 2018 FRQ Number One
  • Foldable’s for APES
  • “Making Connections” the effect of clear cutting on a river ecosystem

Lunch Break

  • Tragedy of the Commons – Activity
  • Duckweed Population Lab Setup
  • Salinization Lab Setup
  • Population Survey Simulation Using a Grid – Activity
DAY TWO (Risk, Air, Water, and Global Climate)
  • Density Bottle Demo
  • Documentaries for APES
  • Power Point Special Emphasis: Big Idea’s, Making Connections, and Problem Solving—the Common Core
  • The InterActive Notebook: An Effective Tool
  • Textbook of the Day
  • Lesson Plan Construction
  • AP Environmental Science Lectures – Using the PowerPoint Presentation
  • Power Point Example: Global Climate Change
  • Introduction to Risk Assessment: What is the safest year of your life?
  • The Fabulous Becker Bottle and Air Composition Bottle
  • What’s a Billion? Worksheet
  • Water Allocation Demo
  • Water Pollution Presentations
  • Water Pollution Booklets
  • Water Unknowns Lab
  • Wastewater Treatment Labs – “Sewer Science” opportunity
  • Salmon Video
  • “Making Connections” worksheet: Salmon and the health of headwater ecosystems in the Pacific Northwest
  • Measuring Particle Size using a Light Microscope
  • Video Presentation: Students Conducting Particulate Lab
  • Jigsaws, Oral Reading, and Concept Mapping (Ocean Ecology Practice Example)

Morning Break

  • The role of the Multiple Choice Exam
  • Topic frequency for AP Exam Multi-choice questions
  • AP-Level Multi-Choice Exams Provided to Participants with Keys
  • Go over select Multiple Choice Test questions from the 2016 released exam and Practice exam
  • Analysis and discussion of 2018 FRQ Number Two

Lunch Break

  • Air Pollution Chemistry Activity
  • Parts Per Million Simulation Activity
  • LC50/LD50 Lab Using Live Daphnia magna (Setup)
  • Water purification and filtration lab
  • “History of Climate Change” on a Meter Stick Activity
DAY THREE (Geology, Soil, Agriculture, Pesticides, Land-Use, and Species)
  • Put Daphnia into test conditions
  • Textbook of the Day
  • The Impact of Agriculture (“Worst Mistake” article by Jared Diamond)
  • Apple as the Earth demonstration and discussion of the impact of Agriculture
  • Working with a soil sieve
  • Soil Labs: Particle Size Lab, Percolation Lab, Soil Texture Lab, Soil Analysis Lab
  • Soil Nutrient Depletion Lab
  • Behavioral Tray Use
  • The “Square Meter,” the hectare, and the “Square Kilometer”
  • “Making Connections” How the inside of the Earth creates species diversity.
  • Rhino Article brainstorming activity
  • Ancillary Books for APES

Morning Break

  • The role of the Free Response Question
  • Twenty Years of AP Environmental Science FRQ’s
  • How to Grade FRQ’s efficiently
  • Analysis and discussion of 2018 FRQ Number Three
  • Go over select Multiple Choice Test questions from the 2016 released exam
  • Using Scientific Notation: A Refresher
  • Net Primary Productivity Worksheet – Applying Scientific Notation
  • Problem of the Day: Biking versus Driving

Lunch Break

  • LC50/LD50 Lab Using Live Daphnia magna (Data collection and analysis)
  • Salinization Lab (Data collection and analysis)
  • Finish Water Purification Lab
  • Species Diversity Analysis Lab
  • Island Biogeography Simulation
DAY FOUR (Solid & Toxic Wastes and Energy)
  • Mass Weights Demonstration
  • Textbook of the Day
  • Interpreting the Energy Chart
  • Aluminum Can Recycling Activity (the stealth fundraiser)
  • Aluminum Can Problem Solving Activity
  • Repurposing Activity
  • Landfill Model Lab
  • Landfill Model Video Presentation
  • Solar Cell Energy Activity with Worksheet
  • Solar Car Lab
  • Solar Car Lab Video Presentation
  • Hydrogen Fuel Cell Car
  • “Making Connections” Coal Burning Power Plants and Mercury Impacts
  • Taking Students on Field Trips
  • Problem of the Day: Coal Burning

Morning Break

  • How the AP Environmental Science Exam is graded
  • Preparing for the AP Exam (mini-posters, 20-30 minutes per night starting two months ahead, flashcard cakewalk, after school and weekend sessions, games teachers play)
  • Analysis and Discussion of 2018 FRQ Number Four
  • Go over select Multiple Choice questions from the 2016 released M.C. exam
  • Radioactive Waste Problem
  • Participant Sharing Session – Participants Will Share Labs and Activities with the Group – Time Limit: Twenty Minutes Per Person– Sign-Up sheet will be passed around on the first day of class.

Lunch Break

  • Participant Sharing Session Continued
  • Workshop Evaluations
  • Duckweed Population Growth Lab – Data Collection and Growth Analysis
  • Resource Recovery Activity
  • Alternative Energy Fuels lab
  • Goodbye and Good Luck