AP Connections with the Student Video Contest

Students in Advanced Placement classes will gain key skills and essential knowledge by participating in the World of 7 Billion video competition. The contest is a fabulous project for AP Human Geography and AP Environmental Science, as well as AP Biology.

Below we’ve listed the Units and Topics from the APHG, APES and APBio frameworks that are covered by the three 2021-2022 topics: Ocean health, Urbanization, and Agriculture & Food. You’ll find a PDF under each course that includes the specific Essential Knowledge from your CED.

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AP Environmental Science

Download full list of APES connections, including Essential Knowledge, Topics, and Units.

 

APES and Ocean Health

The topic of ocean health requires a fundamental knowledge of ecosystems and biodiversity and has explicit ties to units 5 and 8 – water use and aquatic pollution – as well as unit 9, global change.

Unit 1: The Living World: Ecosystems

  • Topic 1.11: Food Chains and Food Webs

Unit 2: The Living World: Biodiversity

  • Topic 2.1 Introduction to Biodiversity
  • Topic 2.2 Ecosystem Services
  • Topic 2.6 Adaptations

Unit 3: Populations

  • Topic 3.5 Population Growth and Resource Availability
  • Topic 3.8 Human Population Dynamics

Unit 5: Land and Water use

  • Topic 5.1 The Tragedy of the Commons
  • Topic 5.8 Impacts of Overfishing
  • Topic 5.12 Introduction to Sustainability
  • Topic 5.16 Aquaculture

Unit 8: Aquatic and Terrestrial Pollution

  • Topic 8.1 Sources of Pollution
  • Topic 8.2 Human Impacts on Ecosystems
  • Topic 8.3 Endocrine Disruptors
  • Topic 8.4 Human Impacts on Wetlands and Mangroves
  • Topic 8.5 Eutrophication
  • Topic 8.6 Thermal Pollution
  • Topic 8.7 Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs)
  • Topic 8.8 Bioaccumulation and Biomagnification
  • Topic 8.9 Solid Waste Disposal

Unit 9: Global Change

  • Topic 9.4 Increases in Greenhouse Gases
  • Topic 9.5 Global Climate Change
  • Topic 9.6 Ocean Warming
  • Topic 9.7 Ocean Acidification

 

APES and Urbanization

The study of urbanization connects to several parts of the APES Framework, including land use impacts like urban sprawl and runoff (unit 5) and atmospheric pollution (unit 7).

Unit 3: Populations

  • Topic 3.8 Human Population Dynamics

Unit 5: Land and Water Use

  • Topic 5.2 Clearcutting
  • Topic 5.10 Impacts of Urbanization
  • Topic 5.13 Methods to Reduce Urban Runoff

Unit 7: Atmospheric Pollution

  • Topic 7.1 Introduction to Pollution
  • Topic 7.2 Photochemical Smog
  • Topic 7.6 Reduction of Air Pollutants
  • Topic 7.7 Acid Rain
  • Topic 7.8 Noise Pollution

 

APES and Food & Agriculture

The topic of food and agriculture is highly integrated into the APES Framework, largely through unit 5, land and water use, but also through unit 8, aquatic and terrestrial pollution, and unit 9, global change.

Unit 3: Populations

  • Topic 3.8 Human Population Dynamics

Unit 5: Land and Water Use

  • Topic 5.1 Tragedy of the Commons
  • Topic 5.2 Clearcutting
  • Topic 5.3 The Green Revolution
  • Topic 5.3 Impact of Agricultural Practices
  • Topic 5.5 Irrigation Methods
  • Topic 5.6 Pest Control Methods
  • Topic 5.7: Meat Production Methods
  • Topic 5.14 Integrated Pest Management
  • Topic 5.15 Sustainable Agriculture

Unit 8: Aquatic and Terrestrial Pollution

  • Topic 8.5 Eutrophication

Unit 9: Global Change

  • Topic 9.5 Global Climate Change
  • Topic 9.10 Human Impacts on Biodiversity


 

AP Human Geography

Download full list of APHG connections, including Essential Knowledge, Topics, and Units.

 

APHG and Ocean Health

The study of ocean health requires students to consider population trends (unit 2), political patterns (unit 4), agricultural trends (unit 5), and sustainable development (unit 7).

Unit 1: Thinking Geographically

  • Topic 1.5 Human Environment Interaction

Unit 2: Population and Migration Patterns and Processes

  • Topic 2.4 Population Dynamic
  • Topic 2.8 Women and Demographic Change

Unit 4: Political Patterns and Processes

  • Topic 4.5 The Function of Political Boundaries

Unit 5: Agriculture and Rural Land-Use Patterns and Processes

  • Topic 5.9 The Global System of Agriculture
  • Topic 5.11 Challenges of Contemporary Agriculture

Unit 7: Industrial and Economic Development Patterns and Processes

  • Topic 7.8 Sustainable Development

 

APHG and Urbanization

The topic of urbanization encompasses foundational knowledge of population dynamics (unit 2), and also fits explicitly into unit 6, cities and urban land-use patterns and processes.

Unit 2: Population and Migration Patterns and Processes

  • Topic 2.1 Population Distribution
  • Topic 2.2 Consequences of Population Distribution
  • Topic 2.4 Population Dynamics
  • Topic 2.11 Forced and Voluntary Migration

Unit 3: Cultural Patterns and Processes

  • Topic 3.6 Contemporary Causes of Diffusion

Unit 6: Cities and Urban Land-Use Patterns and Processes

  • Topic 6.1 The Origin and Influences of Urbanization
  • Topic 6.2 Cities Across the World
  • Topic 6.4 The Size and Distribution of Cities
  • Topic 6.6 Density and Land Use
  • Topic 6.7 Infrastructure
  • Topic 6.8 Urban Sustainability
  • Topic 6.10 Challenges of Urban Changes
  • Topic 6.11 Challenges of Urban Sustainability

 

APHG and Food & Agriculture

The topic of food and agriculture is introduced in units 1 and 2 (thinking geographically and population dynamics) and is largely integrated into unit 5, agriculture and rural land-use patterns and processes.

Unit 1: Thinking Geographically

  • Topic 1.5 Human-Environmental Interaction

Unit 2: Population and Migration Patterns and Processes

  • Topic 2.2 Consequences of Population Distribution
  • Topic 2.4 Population Dynamics
  • Topic 2.6 Malthusian Theory

Unit 5: Agriculture and Rural Land-Use Patterns and Processes

  • Topic 5.4 The Second Agricultural Revolution
  • Topic 5.5 The Green Revolution
  • Topic 5.6 Agricultural Production Regions
  • Topic 5.7 Spatial Organization of Agriculture
  • Topic 5.9 The Global System of Agriculture
  • Topic 5.10 Consequences of Agricultural Practices
  • Topic 5.11 Challenges of Contemporary Agriculture
  • Topic 5.12 Women in Agriculture

Unit 7: Industrial and Economic Development Patterns and Processes

  • Topic 7.8 Sustainable Development


 

AP Biology

Whether investigating ocean health, urbanization, or agriculture and food, the study of ecology (unit 8) is front and center.  More people on the planet means increased human impacts on fragile ecosystems and wildlife. Students focusing on ocean health can explore biodiversity, the importance of keystone species, and aquatic extinction. Studies of urbanization can include the ecological impacts of urban sprawl and pollution. And students investigating food and agriculture will uncover issues related to invasive species and trends in habitat destruction.

The following AP Biology topics can be addressed by all three contest categories:

Unit 7: Natural Selection

  • Topic 7.11 Extinction
  • EVO-3.G.2 Extinction rates can be rapid during times of ecological stress.
  • EVO-3.H.1 Human activity can drive changes in ecosystems that cause extinctions.
  • EVO-3.I.1 The amount of diversity in an ecosystem can be determined by the rate of speciation and the rate of extinction.

Unit 8: Ecology

  • Topic 8.2 Energy Flow Through Ecosystems
  • ENE-1.N.1 Changes in energy availability can result in changes in population size.
  • SYI-1.G.1 Populations comprise individual organisms that interact with one another and with the environment in complex ways
  • Topic 8.6 Biodiversity
  • SYI-3.F.1 Natural and artificial ecosystems with fewer component parts and with little diversity among the parts are often less resilient to changes in the environment.
  • SYI-3.F.2 Keystone species, producers, and essential abiotic and biotic factors contribute to maintaining the diversity of an ecosystem.
  • SYI-3.G.2 The effects of keystone species on the ecosystem are disproportionate relative to their abundance in the ecosystem, and when they are removed from the ecosystem, the ecosystem often collapses.
  • Topic 8.7 Disruptions to Ecosystems
  • SYI-2.A.1 The intentional or unintentional introduction of an invasive species can allow the species to exploit a new niche free of predators or competitors or to outcompete other organisms for resources.
  • SYI-2.A.2 The availability of resources can result in uncontrolled population growth and ecological changes.
  • SYI-2.B.1 The distribution of local and global ecosystems changes over time.
  • SYI-2.B.2 Human impact accelerates change at local and global levels—
    • The introduction of new diseases can devastate native species.
    • Habitat change can occur because of human activity.