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Summary of Learning (Final Assessment)

Note:  This assessment has been adapted from Dr. Alec Couros and Katia Hildebrandt’s Summary of Learning that they have their students perform at the University of Regina.

Students will produce an artifact (e.g., narrative, slide deck, audio, video, concept map, other visual, etc.) that summarizes the learning experience in this course. The artifact should reference significant course experiences (e.g., units that we have studied, Science in the News topics and how they relate to our course, discussions, labs, trips, fire building, etc.). Your own recorded live audio and/or video is required. Students may work with a partner for this activity; suggested a length of artifact = 5-7 min for individuals, 8-10 in pairs. In some cases, the format will necessitate artifacts of shorter or longer duration – please consult me if your project will fall outside of these parameters.

Due date: Students will share these artifacts to their blogs prior to the final assessment date.  We will present our Summary of Learning to each other during the scheduled final assessment block.

Course weight:  As this is a final assessment, your Summary of Learning holds a weight of 20% – Grade 10’s                         25% – Grade 11’s                          30% – Grade 12’s

Please pay attention to the assessment rubric.  DO NOT WAIT until the end of the course to begin your assessment, this is designed for you to work on throughout the entire course.  You will be given SOME time to work on this at the end of the course (during what would have been your review classes). 

Some examples are below (these are from a few courses that I took at university, therefore the subject matter is not Environmental Science, however, the final product will give you an idea of what I expect).

Try using iMovie or Movie Maker:

Maybe you could make a song!

How about creating a game?

Or using something like PowToon!


OR you could create something like Prince Ea:

 You will present your summary of learning during the scheduled final exam time slot!


Welcome to Environmental Science 20!


Welcome to Environmental Science 20!   Below, I have listed important sites for you to become very familiar with and why:

  1.  WordPress (the same blog site that I am using) – I require you to start your own wordpress blog – this will be a site that we will use from here on out for all of your science classes.  You will be required to make a page for Environmental Science (I will show you how to do this).
  2. Snapchat – search cooperscience – you will see a photo of Tyson!
  3. Read over the rubric very carefully!


This semester, you are going to begin your travels around the globe.  You are a world traveler!  You will be presented with a number of challenges and must travel the world to research and help develop solutions to these issues.

As you move through this course, you MUST keep a log book (your coil bound notebook).  This will be a book where you keep jot notes and drawings; a book that you will carry with you in your “backpack” all the time!  Think of this log book as your passport! Successful completion of your assessments, unit projects and student directed study action project will be considered your passport stamp and will allow for you to continue your journey.

You will need this book as we assess your knowledge in the future, therefore, you must keep this book in good condition and bring it with you to all classes.  This book will travel with you on your outdoor and indoor adventures around the globe.

This semester, we will be focusing our energy into looking at how we, as individuals of Saskatchewan, can help solve global problems that are not only having an impact on the world population today, but will continue to impact for years to come.

Did you know that By 2050, there will be at least 9 billion people on the planet? And, in the next 40 years, humans will need to produce more food that they have in the previous 10,000 years combined! 

Wow – what kind of environmental impact will that have on our world? Throughout this course we will be looking at current events as well as past events that have shaped our world as we know it today, and how we have adapted and mitigated those natural as well as man made events.  How will our Aquatic systems, Terrestrial systems, and Atmospheric systems be impacted by the pressure to produce more food for a growing Human Population?  Throughout this course we will continually examine careers that are related to Environmental science, and will look at scientists who have had a major impact on our world with their work.  With more people, and more industries required to sustain our current population, we inevitably produce more waste.  How will we be able to safely manage the vast amount of waste produced?

It’s time to “Think Globally, Act Locally”!

So, gather your notebooks and pack your backpack! Take as many notes as you can, and keep all of your information in an organize manner as you will find that one journey blends into another.  You are now boarding AIR COOPER!



Why not try creating sketchnotes?


Rubric for the final case study