LaunchPad contains resources for you and your students. In this tutorial, we'll take a detailed look at both types separately.
When you're ready to create your LaunchPad course, you can click the following link to go to the landing page of LaunchPad for Environmental Science for AP®. We also offer a course tour for Environmental Science for AP® that will help you get started using this LaunchPad.
What resources are available for my students?From your LaunchPad home page, click Resources, then Content by Type. You'll see a list of all the resources available to your students. We'll now take a closer look at each.
e-BookA complete online version of the textbook, the e-Book is fully integrated into LaunchPad and includes flexible notes and highlighting features. In addition, instructors can easily hide chapters or sections that they don’t cover in their course, rearrange the order of chapters and sections, and add their own content directly into the e-Book.
FlashcardsWith exercises for all of the key terms in each chapter, Flashcards provide students an exercise to learn important vocabulary terms. In quiz mode, students type the correct term in the space provided below the definition; they can see right away whether they’re correct or not, making this a great practice exercise to get familiar with new words and phrases.
Developed in light of the latest advances in learning research, LearningCurve’s game-like adaptive quizzing is available for every chapter or module of the text.
LearningCurve provides a unique learning path for each student, with quizzes shaped by each individual’s correct and incorrect answers. The less a student knows about a topic, the more LearningCurve focuses on it. And the better a student does, the more difficult the questions become. Feedback for each question includes live links to e-Book pages relevant to the topic at hand, guiding students to the reading they need to do to address areas that are giving them difficulty.
Because LearningCurve is a formative assessment and not graded on a A-F scale, many instructors have found it to be an ideal source for pre-lecture assignments, with students coming to class more prepared to participate. LearningCurve is equally effective when used as a post-lecture review. Instructors have also found that making LearningCurve a small percentage of the overall grade further incentivizes students to take advantage of it when preparing for class.
These ten “Do the Math” Videos explain central environmental science concepts that require mathematical computation, and demonstrate the math involved in a way that students can easily understand.
Measuring Your ImpactThese downloadable activities for each chapter offers students an opportunity to explore the environmental impact of decisions made in the real world. These activities also provide additional math practice.
Multiple Choice AP® Practice ExamWith 500 multiple-choice questions, be prepared for the AP® Environmental Science Exam with a practice exam for each chapter of the text.
Optimized Art Slides: StudentStudents can gain a better understanding of environmental science ideas by looking closely at relevant images and diagrams from the textbook, which are available to download as PPT files.
The welcome page provides an introduction to LaunchPad. It explains the Welcome Unit Quiz and provides answers to a few Frequently Asked Questions.
In order to get familiar with LaunchPad, see how it works, and know what it contains, you can test your students’ understanding by having them take the brief quiz included in this unit. The quiz will show students where something is (like how to find their grades) and then ask them to confirm that they understand. Hopefully this will allow them to see ALL that LaunchPad offers, and use the product to its fullest.
Welcome Unit Quiz
What resources are available for instructors?From the same screen where you've been viewing student resources, you can scroll down to see those available to instructors. Let's now take a closer look at each.
Exploring the LiteratureComplete lists of recent and classic sources for students who want to delve deeper into a chapter topic.
Extra Unit Free Response Question with AnswerPrepare your students for the AP® Free Response question with an additional practice question for each unit, available to download.
LabsThese labs are designed to develop good science practice and help students understand complex relationships in the natural world, available to download.
Lecture SlidesThese fully customizable multimedia presentations outline each chapter of the textbook and present key terms, images, tables, and main ideas with great detail.
Measuring Your Impact AnswersAnswers for each chapter’s Measuring Your Impact activity.
Optimized Art Slides: TeacherPresent environmental science concepts more easily with relevant images and diagrams from the textbook, available to download as PPT files.
PD VideosPresented by author Elizabeth Jones, these videos present an overview of select chapters, offer tips for teaching and give advice on how to make the most of the Teacher’s Resource Materials. Coming soon: PD Videos for every chapter!
Teacher's Resource MaterialsThe teacher’s resource material PDFs are organized by chapter and contain a wealth of additional resources to employ, including AP® practice exams and answers, more math practice questions and answers, lecture slides, activities, and science applied answers.
Web ResourcesComplete lists of video and other sources designed to deepen understanding of environmental science concepts, organized by chapter and available to download.
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