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Introduction to Environmental Science

A good way to be introduced to your students and the background knowledge they bring to the course is through a pretest. This test is a mixture of open-response, multiple choice, and true/false type questions. Each of the major units typically covered in an introductory environmental science course is addressed in this pretest.

One way to incorporate this into the first day of class is to first allow students to take the pre-test, then go around the room one at a time, have the students introduce themselves, and ask them to give their answer to one of the questions. This will provide an opportunity to break the ice, encourage some basic-level discussion on a few important environmental issues, and provide some insight into the interests and backgrounds of everyone enrolled in the course.

Answer Key: Available for purchase at the environmental science instructor resources subscription page.

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