Grade 11 Science: Conservation and Sustainability

Teacher: Jordan
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Section 1 - Sustainability Basics

1 Lesson 1 - Introduction 11:05

An introduction to the course and the study of conservation and sustainability.

2 Lesson 2 - Principles of Sustainability 15:03

Discussing the principles of sustainability within the framework of the 'Four Pillars.'

3 Lesson 2 - Review 00:00

Quiz and thought experiment review for lesson 2.

4 Lesson 3 - Sustainable Development 00:00

A look at what the term 'sustainable development' means and how it can be applied to conservation.

5 Lesson 3 - Review 00:00

Quiz and thought experiment review for lesson 3.

6 Lesson 4 - Conservation Methods 12:10

Discussing different methods to pursue and achieve the goal of conservation.

7 Lesson 4 - Review 04:18

Quiz and thought experiment review for lesson 4.

Section 2 - Sustainability & Society

8 Lesson 5 - Science & Society 11:37

A look at how science (particularly conservation science) is accepted, applied, and ignored in today's world.

9 Lesson 5 - Review 04:53

Quiz and thought experiment review for lesson 5.

10 Lesson 6 - Technology & Society 10:30

A look at the technological advances that help with conservation practices and how they are used on a daily basis.

11 Lesson 6 - Review 05:02

Quiz and thought experiment review for lesson 6.

12 Lesson 7 - Decision Making & Environmental Issues 11:52

Examining the complex issues and difficult decisions that need to be made about the environment.

13 Lesson 7 - Review 03:15

Quiz and thought experiment review for lesson 7.

14 Lesson 8 - Survivalism 12:44

Discussing the discourse that believes there is a looming tragedy that must be dealt with by limiting or even ceasing modern practices.

15 Lesson 8 - Review 05:13

Quiz and thought experiment review for lesson 8.

16 Lesson 9 - Promethean Discourse 13:07

Discussing the discourse that believes growth can continue forever unabated because human ingenuity and technological problem solving will limit environmental problems before they become catastrophes.

17 Lesson 9 - Review 04:48

Quiz and thought experiment review for lesson 9.

18 Lesson 10 - Rationalism & Pragmatism 00:00

Discussing the three main methods of solving large-scale environmental problems: administrative rationalism, democratic pragmatism, and economic rationalism.

19 Lesson 10 - Review 03:08

Quiz and thought experiment review for lesson 10.

20 Lesson 11 - Consequences of Climate Change 13:04

An overview of some of the potential impacts of climate change on humans and the rest of the biosphere - and some of the impacts that are already being felt.

21 Lesson 11 - Review 06:03

Quiz and thought experiment review for lesson 11.

22 Lesson 12 - Societal, Environmental, & Economic Impacts of Severe Weather 00:00

Discussing the effects that severe weather has had and will have on human systems.

23 Lesson 12 - Review 03:07

Quiz and thought experiment review for lesson 12.

Section 3 - Sustainability Issues

24 Lesson 13 - Energy & Credit 12:15

Discussing the issues with our current energy demands.

25 Lesson 13 - Review 00:00

Quiz and thought experiment review for lesson 13.

26 Lesson 14 - Growth 11:45

Discussing the limits of constant growth.

27 Lesson 14 - Review 03:43

Quiz and thought experiment review for lesson 14.

28 Lesson 15 - Stranded Assets 13:20

Defining and examining assets that could become stranded as current environmental practices change.

29 Lesson 15 - Review 05:33

Quiz and thought experiment review for lesson 15.

30 Lesson 16 - Agricultural Resources 00:00

A look at current agricultural practices.

31 Lesson 16 - Review 04:33

Quiz and thought experiment review for lesson 16.

32 Lesson 17 - Ocean Resilience 08:49

Examining the resilience of oceans in the face of persistent pollutants (such as plastics) and climate change.

33 Lesson 17 - Review 04:01

Quiz and thought experiment review for lesson 17.

34 Lesson 18 - Arctic Issues 00:00

Exploring how the Arctic is and will be affected by climate change.

35 Lesson 18 - Review 03:52

Quiz and thought experiment review for lesson 18.

36 Lesson 19 - Emerging Diseases From Animals 07:02

A look at some biological problems that may result from a warming planet.

37 Lesson 19 - Review 04:53

Quiz and thought experiment review for lesson 19.

38 Lesson 20 - Migration as a Climate Adaptation Strategy 00:00

A serious look at how we might not be able to stop climate change - adaptation may be the best option for many groups of people.

39 Lesson 20 - Review 04:45

Quiz and thought experiment review for lesson 20.

40 Lesson 21- A Future to Believe In 14:00

With all the pessimism permeating this section on sustainability issues, this lesson aims to go over the positive aspects of environmental initiatives and how maybe - just maybe - we might actually be on our way to a cleaner, more efficient world.

41 Lesson 21 - Review 06:17

Quiz and thought experiment review for lesson 21.

Course Description:

This is a challenging and exciting course that covers basic environmental problems and how conservation is applied or needed to address these issues. In conservation science "sustainability"  - the ability to sustain ourselves by using resources without depleting them or excessively degrading the environment - is the main goal and is also the main focus of this course.

There are three sections in this course. Section 1 focuses on sustainability basics such as conservation methods. Section 2 focuses on sustainability in society with emphasis on environmental problem solving and discourses. Section 3 focuses on sustainability issues and covers the most pertinent sustainability challenges as identified by the Worldwatch Institute.

This course is taught by an experienced classroom and field studies teacher with two master of science degrees in environmental science and sustainable environmental resources management. Drawing on academic knowledge and field experience, these lessons provide an interesting and accessible look into the important field of conservation and sustainability. 


Course Goals:

With knowledge and clarity gained from conservation and sustainability concepts this course will not only improve student literacy in key scientific areas, it will help foster a broader understanding of environmental issues in the real world. Upon successful completion of this course the student will be able to understand:

  • The Four Pillars of sustainability
  • Sustainable development goals
  • Conservation methods
  • The impact science and technology have in society
  • What the Survivalist and Promethean discourses entail
  • Rationalism & Pragmatism
  • Who is responsible for making environmental decisions
  • Sustainability issues as outlined by the Worldwatch Institute, including: energy, growth, agriculture, the Arctic, and climate


Target Audience:

The target audience is 10th, 11th, or 12th grade students who have basic scientific literacy skills and are interested in applied sciences such as biology. 


Course Requirements:

The student will complete 21 full lessons, each with two components consisting of a regular lesson and a review lesson. Successful completion of a quiz after each lesson is needed in order to move on to the next course. There are also 20 "Thought Experiment" assignments in which the student is required to use critical and creative thinking skills to explore possible answers to each question that is posed. There are no objectively correct answers for these assignments as they take into consideration the student's own views and thoughts, but possible answers and guidance is provided in each review lesson. Quizzes will also be reviewed in the second component of each lesson.


Course Includes:

  • Over 5.5 hours of video lessons and review video lessons
  • 21 lessons
  • 20 Quizzes
  • 20 Thought experiment assignments
  • Lesson slides reviewing each lesson
  • Additional parent resources: course outline and answer key for each quiz


Course Topics: 

  • Introduction
  • Principles of Sustainability
  • Sustainable Development
  • Conservation Methods
  • Science & Society
  • Technology & Society
  • Decision Making & Environmental Issues
  • Survivalism
  • Promethean Discourse
  • Rationalism & Pragmatism
  • Consequences of Climate Change
  • Societal, Environmental, & Economic Impacts of Severe Weather
  • Energy & Credit
  • Growth
  • Stranded Assets
  • Agricultural Resources
  • Ocean Resilience
  • Arctic Issues
  • Emerging Diseases From Animals
  • Migration as a Climate Adaptation Strategy
  • A Future to Believe In
  • Teacher: Jordan
  • Areas of expertise: Environmental science; Conservation; Ecology; Geography; Cosmology
  • Education: Bachelor of Arts, Geography | Master of Science, Integrated Science and Technology | Master of Science, Sustainable Environmental Resources Management
  • Interests: Nature, tropical rainforests, theoretical and particle physics, surfing, sports, music, different cultures
  • Skills: Fieldwork in remote areas; experiential education in remote areas; wilderness survival; relate very well to students; former elite athlete
  • Associations: International Institute for Sustainable Development; Ecology Project International; Iwokrama International Center for Rainforest Conservation and Development
  • Issues I care about: Progressive conservation; sustainable development; environmental literacy; scientific literacy; quality education; healthy living; fitness; nutrition;

Science and geography educator, conservation scientist, adventurer - these are the things that I focus my time and energy on. I have spent several years living in the rainforests and coasts of Central and South America, educating students with hands-on, experiential methods. On top of teaching, I was in tropical forests and coral reefs doing field work, collecting data, monitoring, and working with conservation initiatives. I have taught students from 9th grade all the way up to seniors in university. My experience living, working, and studying in 6 countries helps to give a unique perspective on the science and geography lessons I teach, and students can benefit from first hand knowledge which is sometimes lacking in traditional classrooms. Educating is my passion and I believe it is imperative for youth to have the scientific literacy that is necessary to go forward in life. It is my mission to help get them there.

Test Study Document

Digital Quizzes and Tests Answer Keys Document

Grade 11 Science - Conservation & Sustainability - ANSWER SHEET FOR QUIZZES

Answer key for all quizzes.

Grade 11 Science - Conservation & Sustainability - COURSE OUTLINE

Course outline for the Grade 11 Science - Conservation & Sustainability course.
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