Advanced Environmental and Earth Sciences Teacher Guide - PS-2979



Teacher manual for Advanced Environmental and Earth Sciences labs. Has both the printed version and a flash drive with teacher tips, a PDF of teacher version and editable Word student version. Teacher version is complete with guided inquiry lab activities, suggested answers, and much more.

This standards-based, Advanced Environmental & Earth Sciences Teacher Guide has been designed by educators and curriculum experts. It includes core activities from every topic area in the AP* Environmental course outline, as well as Earth Science topics. The topics are correlated to the national science standards and cover: earth systems and resources, the living world, population, energy resources and consumption, and pollution. The lab activities engage students as they make predictions, use critical thinking skills to solve sequencing challenges, and answer questions embedded throughout each activity.

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  • Multiple choice questions bridge the gap between "lecture and lab" and help students gain confidence for the AP* exam.
  • The guide supports the use of SPARKvue, the SPARK Science Learning System, and all PASPORT interfaces


  • Convenient spiral-bound binder of full teacher edition
  • Flash Drive Containing editable MS Word version of student handouts
  • PDF of full teacher edition
  • Experiments

    Earth Systems and Resources

    Determine Soil Quality

    Use a carbon dioxide gas sensor, a pH sensor, and a conductivity sensor to analyze the capacity of soil to support plant growth by examining the physical, chemical, and biological characteristics of different types of soil.

    Earth's Magnetic Field

    Use a magnetic field sensor to visualize the magnetic field lines surrounding Earth.

    Insolation & the Seasons

    Use a stainless steel temperature sensor to measure the temperature of a solar panel positioned at different angles relative to the sun in order to determine how the earth's tilt and rotation around the sun is related to climate and the seasons.

    Investigate Specific Heat

    Use fast-response temperature probes and stainless steel temperature sensors to determine and compare the specific heat of water to that of sand, as a model of land, and consider the effects of these differences on global weather and climate.

    Monitoring Microclimates

    Use a weather/anemometer sensor to identify factors that affect measurements for reporting weather and climate information.

    Radiation Energy Transfer

    Use a temperature sensor to determine the effect the color of a container has on the temperature of water in the container as it is heated using radiant energy.

    Sunlight & Reflectivity

    Use a light sensor, a fast-response temperature probe, and a stainless steel temperature probe to explore the concept that air temperatures near the earth's surface result largely from the interplay of the sun's incoming energy and the absorption, reflection, and radiation of that energy by materials on the earth's surface.

    Sunlight Intensity

    Use a light sensor, fast response temperature sensor, and stainless steel temperature sensor to show that air temperatures near Earth's surface result largely from the interplay of the sun's insolation and the reflection, absorption and radiation of that energy by materials on Earth's surface.

    Tectonics: Seafloor Spreading

    Use a magnetic field sensor to explore the movement of Earth's crustal plates and the evidence that is used to support the theory of plate tectonics.

    Tracking Weather

    Use a weather/anemometer sensor to determine how variations in temperature, humidity, barometric pressure, dew point, wind speed, and sky conditions relate to each other and produce specific weather conditions.

    The Living World

    Energy Content of Food

    Use a fast response temperature sensor to investigate and compare the energy content of four different food items: marshmallow, popcorn, peanut, and cashew.

    Model an Ecosystem

    Use a variety of sensors to explore the use of terrariums as a closed system for environmental studies, designing ways to explore the interrelationships of biotic and abiotic structures in ecosystems.

    Photosynthesis & Productivity

    Use a dissolved oxygen sensor to determine the primary productivity of an aquatic plant.

    Photosynthesis & Respiration

    Use an oxygen sensor, a carbon dioxide sensor, and a temperature sensor to demonstrate that a terrarium, as a closed system, is an excellent tool for conducting environmental studies and to design additional investigations on photosynthesis and cellular respiration.

    Respiration & Carbon Cycle

    Use a carbon dioxide sensor to compare the respiration of dormant bean sees with germinating bean seeds, and to observe the contribution of cellular respiration to the global carbon cycle.

    Weather in a Terrarium

    Use a weather sensor and light sensor in a terrarium to conduct and design an investigation of weather, using this closed system to help identify independent variables, dependent variables, and controlled variables.

    Yeast Respiration

    Use a dissolved oxygen sensor, a carbon dioxide sensor, and the EcoChamber™ to analyze aerobic and anaerobic respiration by yeast cells.


    Air Pollution & Acid Rain

    Use a pH sensor to investigate chemical reactions important in the formation of acid rain to understand the relationship between man-made emissions, acid rain, and problems arising from acid rain.

    Greenhouse Gases

    Use a fast response temperature sensor and an EcoChamber to determine the effect of a man-made organofluorine compound, a greenhouse gas, on the trapping of heat in an isolated system.

    Monitor Water Quality

    Use a water quality sensor, turbidity sensor, and weather/anemometer sensor to monitor the pH, dissolved oxygen content, conductivity, and turbidity of a natural body of water, determining how water quality changes in response to changes in environmental factors.

    Properties of Water

    Use a stainless steel temperature sensor to explore how the properties of water can be explained by the molecular structure of water.

    Toxicology Using Yeast

    Use a carbon dioxide gas sensor and a pH sensor to evaluate the role of pH in toxicity and the role of cell culture in toxicology studies.

    Water Treatment

    Use pH, conductivity, and turbidity sensors to demonstrate how water treatment processes such as filtration, flocculation, and sedimentation improve water quality.

    Buying Guide

    Recommended - One of the following

    The Starter Bundle allows students to perform 12 of the 24 activities in the Teacher Guide while the Standard Bundle allows students to perform all 24 activities.

    We recommend one bundle per lab group.

    Interface Required

    To use this product you need a PASCO interface. 

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    Software Required

    SPARKvue software or PASCO Capstone software may be used. PASCO Capstone is available for Mac and Windows. SPARKvue is available for Mac, Windows, iOS, Android and Chromebooks.

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