Monthly Archives: July 2014

Systems and Models in Science

As we start the new school year, it’s time to revisit and review some of the major ideas from previous lessons. Today’s post recaps the systems approach to science – the examination of how parts of a whole work together to create interdependent linkages and something called ’emergent properties’, in which the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

Follow this link to the Topic 1 page of another school’s DP ESS class. I highly recommend this site because it is extremely thorough and well-resourced.




Climate Change Plan Considers Trees, Elephants, People

I came across this article on my Twitter feed this morning. It relates to several topics within our ESS syllabus, such as Topic 4 – Conservation and Biodiversity, Topic 6 – Global Warming, and Topic 3 – Resources as Natural Capital.

It outlines the potential links between trading carbon credits on an international exchange, economic development in rural Africa, wildlife conservation, and the battle to combat ivory poaching.