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Essentials of Environmental Science: Humans and the Environment

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  • 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


  • 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.

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  • 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.
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • 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.
  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Speaking & Listening (K-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.6.2 Interpret information presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and explain how it contributes to a topic, text, or issue under study.
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