Susan Berrend

Susan Berrend is the Science Chair at Alma Heights Christian School in Pacifica, California and has taught in a number of public and private schools in California and Utah. Her graduate work was in limnology at Uppsala University, and later in student motivation in science at Montana State University.  She has been involved with the AP* Environmental Science exams since 2000 as both reader and a table leader, and has had the honor of being a consultant in Environmental Science since 2005. She stays busy dabbling in calligraphy, backpacking, gardening and being a fantastic dog aunt.

AP* Seminars Silicon Valley
AP* Summer Institute
July 30-August 2, 2019

Course Overview

The four days will assist you in what should and could be covered in your AP Environmental Science course. What resources and activities are available? What do labs look like?  Participants will complete and be exposed to a plethora of activities and labs in the classroom and out in the field. The institute will also give you a variety of ideas for covering the course on any budget. We will also share tools and strategies for preparing students for the May exam.
Course Syllabus
Day 1
• Introduction to the Course
• Syllabus and pacing
 • Textbook resources
• Student workload/homework
• Lab basics
• Expected labs
• Long-term labs
• Field investigations
• Eco-column design and  construction
•FRQ #1: rubric use
Day 2
• What can be done in labs?
• Fieldwork for water testing
• Lab manuals
• Field trips
• Lab resources
• FRQ #2: the math question
• Human demographic activities
• Prep for LC50
Day 3
• Lab and test strategies
• Toxicity & risk activities
• Biodiversity lab
• Toxicity & risk activities
• Multiple choice exam
• FRQ #3: grading and providing student feedback
• LC50 lab set-up
• Vocabulary review
• Test review topics
• Video resources: Cane Toads
Day 4
• Test success and review strategies
• Mining simulation
• On-line resources
• Test 2016 results
• LC50 results
• Participant Share-a-thon