Welcome to my webpage! My name is Tammy Knight and I am a Science Teacher. I will be teaching Chemistry and AP Environmental Science in 2021-2022.
To contact me, please call 336-570-6161 or email Tammy_knight@abss.k12.nc.us
First and foremost, I would like my students to please enjoy their summer time off!!! 2020-2021 has been an exhausting year and we all need a recharge!!!
However, if you are taking AP Environmental Science (akaAPES) in the 2021-2022 school year and you are growing a bit tired of simply resting/relaxing (if it is even possible to imagine that!!)....here are a couple of things you can do to get yourself a little ahead before class starts. Notice I said things "you can do for yourself"?
The items below are not requirements ahead of class - there is no traditional summer assignment this year.
1) This will be a class on "environmental science", not simply "earth science"!! BUT, in order to really be able to focus on the "environmental" part of the class, you SHOULD have a good foundational understanding of what I refer to as "earth basics".
I do review "earth basics" in the first couple of weeks of APES but it is a very fast review, and it is incredibly helpful, to both you and I, if you revisit some of these topics on your own prior to that review:
- how was the Earth, as we know it today, "created"?
- what are the layers of the Earth and their composition/physical properties
- what is plate tectonics? how has it affected the surface of the Earth over Earth's history?
- how many types of "crust" or plates are there? how are they the same/different? what are the 3 types of interactions between different types of "crust" or plates? what land forms result from these interactions?
- how are volcanoes and earthquakes associated with plate tectonics?
- what are the characteristics of an earthquakes? do you know what s wave, p waves, spring wave, focus, epicenter, richter scale is?
- how is a tsunami the same/different from an earthquake?
- how many different kinds of volcanoes exist? what are their characteristics? where do volcanoes exist? how many are active/inactive?
- how many active volcanoes were in the news in the last ten years?
- why is Iceland called the Land of Fire and Ice?
- what is a "supervolcano" and how are they different from/how have the affected the Earth differently from a volcano? where do they exist?
- how were the oceans/seas formed? what are the important characteristics of an ocean/sea? how does life exist in the oceans/seas? how does the composition/properties of the oceans/seas change over time?
- how are rivers/lakes/ponds formed? what are the important characteristics of rivers/lakes/ponds? how does life exist in rivers/lakes/ponds? how does the composition/properties of rivers/lakes/ponds change over time?
- what happens when fresh water and salt water meet? what is an estuary? why are estuaries important?
- what are wetlands?
- what are the layers of the atmosphere? what happens in the different layers? how does weather happen? how are weather and climate the same/different? do we have a "hole" in the ozone portion of our atmosphere? is global warming real? how do ice ages happen?
- what are biogeochemical cycles and why are they important?
There is a lot of vocabulary in the answers to the questions above - it is one of the challenges of this course.
Be curious about that when you explore/remind yourself of the above....yes, I said remind yourself of the above because you covered most, if not all, of the questions above in your middle school science classes!!!
2) Set yourself up news alerts on your phone or start watching the news everyday. Current events are full of environmental impact and being able to relate concepts in class to things that are happening around you will make what we talk about more "real" to you. You may not be as interested in the science of it all but having examples to use in class discussions/when answering assessment questions helps clarity and connectivity.
3) There are a number of environmental-minded documentaries and books out there - I recommend you start with "HOME" which is a documentary that was released in 2009. You can find it on YouTube at Video Link and if you need something to help you stay focused/see how this relates to the course, use Video Guide
"Home" was released three years after "An Inconvenient Truth", a movie that was said to have started an environmental movement on global warming, and that earned former vice-president Al Gore an Oscar......It was released two years after "The 11th Hour", a movie that got more to the science of global warming than the politics and that earned actor Leonardo de Caprio a post as UN Ambassador of Peace in the area of climate change. Both of these movies were intended to "shock" you into thinking more about the environment.
"Home" is the work of Yann Arthus-Bertrand, a French photographer - he uses his photography and music to explore the complexity of the nature-humanity relationship. His message is not dissimilar to that of Gore or de Caprio, but it tends to reach a larger audience. It is a demonstration of the power of art in how we react to the world/how we think. I guess you could say his tactic is the "awe" to the above "shock", but you be the judge!! There will be many times when we approach subjects in class from a similar perspective.
4) And last, but not least, get comfortable with the word "anthropogenic" - it is a big part of "environmental" science!!
Feel free to reach out with any questions you might have before class begins, and please have a good summer!! I am looking forward to meeting you!!