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Ecology resources for students: Part 1

Good afternoon!

I’m back with another set of bookmarks for students and teachers. Because I’ve taught the IB Environmental systems and societies course for several years, this set of online resources is closest to my heart. Some of these links are here simply because I think they’re cool or fun. Many may also be applicable for studying biology and chemistry as well. Let’s get to it:

Happy learning!


Mr K

ESS Test – Mark Scheme Published

Below is the recent test on ESS Topics 1, 7, and 2.1 – 2.3. The original test and the mark scheme are included as a single document and consist of real IB questions from past papers.

The red ovals highlight the key words in the questions, and the blue rectangles identify the parts of the responses which earn marks from the examiners. Please use this test as a study guide for future tests, such as this year’s final exam and next year’s mock exam.

What’s your environmental viewpoint?

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As we discussed in class the other day, people around the world have vastly different perspectives on the range of environmental issues in the news. Their viewpoints are influenced primarily by their culture, religion, socioeconomic status, and media consumed. In other words, life experience shapes how people perceive the world.

In this new assignment, you will prepare and present a 5-minute speech outlining and justifying your own personal environmental perspective. You should outline the influences (inputs) which have helped shape your perspective. You should also place yourself somewhere along the ecocentric-anthropocentric-technocentric spectrum, as well as your position as a cornucopian, an environmental manager, a self-reliant soft ecologist, or a deep ecologist.

Click here for the EVS Speech Rubric. Speeches will be presented (and filmed) in class on Tuesday 10 September, so be prepared! If you want to make a presentation for your speech, remember these 2 rules:

  1. Rule of 6’s (max. 6 words per line, max. 6 lines per slide)
  2. 10-20-30 Rule (max. 10 minutes, max. 20 slides, min. 30-point font)

AAANNND, click through this presentation for inspiration:

Please remember: THERE IS NO RIGHT OR WRONG ANSWER! It’s not what you think, it’s why you think the way you do.


Environmental Value Systems

Here are the video and both presentations from today’s lesson. The notes we viewed can be found on the Topic 7 page under the ESS tab of my home page.