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In this four-part lesson, the students will explore the topic of climate change through various activities. They will learn of the historical causes and everyday habits that contribute to climate change. All lessons are in a PowerPoint format with hyperlinks to resources.
In the first lesson, the students will learn the differences between climate and weather via videos and discussions. They will also explore an online interactive map to learn about different climate zones. The final concept to be introduced is deep time that is illustrated for the students via a clock analogy.
In lesson two, the students learn about the different types of fossil fuels and their link to climate change from a variety of videos and discussions. They also learn of daily habits that increase the use of fossil fuels. At the end of the lesson, the concept of renewable energy is introduced.
In the third lesson, the students explore the impacts of climate change on plants, animals, birds and humans. They will write a newspaper report about a sudden change in climate and its effects. They will also explore global solutions to combat climate change via informational slides, pictures and videos.
In the final lesson, the students will create an individual pledge and a campaign to promote actions for a healthier planet.
This resource has a focus of developing awareness on the topic of climate change rather than the building of skills.
This resource complements the upper elementary Science curriculum very nicely. Specifically, the outcomes related to weather and habitats would have strong connections to this material. The lesson could be beneficial if used around Earth Day as it fosters an understanding of our current situation and encourages action for the future.
Each lesson is supported by a detailed plan in both pdf and slide format. It includes objectives, step by step activities, implementation suggestions and links to all necessary materials that include a wide range of excellent visual and print resources.
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|Consideration of Alternative Perspectives||Very Good|
The students are encouraged to explore their thoughts and feelings on the issues being discussed. The teacher is also encouraged to create an atmosphere of a safe place and even a class charter to encourage the students to respect different views and opinions.
|Consideration of Alternative Perspectives: |
|Multiple Dimensions of Problems & Solutions||Good|
The resource addresses the three dimensions of the issue of climate change.
|Multiple Dimensions of Problems & Solutions: |
Effectively addresses the environmental, economic and social dimensions of the issue(s) being explored.
|Respects Complexity||Very Good|
|Respects Complexity: |
The complexity of the problems/issues being discussed is respected.
|Acting on Learning||Good|
As a final activity, the students will make an individual pledge of an action they can take to combat climate change and then they will work in a group to create an awareness campaign in the format of their choosing to engage their school in a long term action to create change for a healthier planet.
|Acting on Learning: |
Learning moves from understanding issues to working towards positive change — in personal lifestyle, in school, in the community, or for the planet
|Values Education||Very Good|
Through a number of class and small group discussions, the students are encouraged to share their thoughts and feelings on the topics.
|Values Education: |
Students are explicitly provided with opportunities to identify, clarify and express their own beliefs/values.
|Empathy & Respect for Humans||Good|
The ripple effect lesson introduce the impact of climate change being felt across the world, allowing students to empathize with different communities and contexts.
|Empathy & Respect for Humans: Empathy and respect are fostered for diverse groups of humans (including different genders, ethnic groups, sexual preferences, etc.).|
|Personal Affinity with Earth||Good|
The activities help students understand the impact climate change could have on humans and other living things.
|Personal Affinity with Earth: |
Encourages a personal affinity with -the natural world.
Students are asked to create a local community campaign.
|Locally-Focused Learning: |
Includes learning experiences that take advantage of issues/elements within the local community.
|Past, Present & Future||Very Good|
The resource creates a solid understanding of the past and how our reliance on fossil fuels developed from the Industrial Revolution. It also encourages the students to take action for a healthier planet for the future.
|Past, Present & Future: Promotes an understanding of the past, a sense of the present, and a positive vision for the future.|
|Open-Ended Instruction||Very Good|
Information on climate change is presented and the students, through discussions and reflections, are encouraged to explore the topic and develop their own opinions on the subject.
Lessons are structured so that multiple/complex answers are possible; students are not steered toward one 'right' answer.
|Integrated Learning: |
Learning brings together content and skills from more than one subject area
|Inquiry Learning: |
Learning is directed by questions, problems, or challenges that students work to address.
|Differentiated Instruction||Very Good|
The activities address a variety of learning styles and are very flexible. Students will watch videos, plan and write a newspaper article, participate in pair, group and class activities, articulate their own thoughts and opinions, participate in presentations.
|Differentiated Instruction: |
Activities address a range of student learning styles, abilities and readiness.
|Experiential Learning: |
Authentic learning experiences are provided
Work as a group to explore how human actions relate to climate change and to come up with a whole class campaign
|Cooperative Learning: |
Group and cooperative learning strategies are a priority.
|Assessment & Evaluation||Poor/Not considered|
The resource does not provide any assessment tools or rubrics for evaluation.
|Assessment & Evaluation: Tools are provided that help students and teachers to capture formative and summative information about students' learning and performance. These tools may include reflection questions, checklists, rubrics, etc.|
|Peer Teaching: |
Provides opportunities for students to actively present their knowledge and skills to peers and/or act as teachers and mentors.
|Case Studies||Very Good|
When the students explore global solutions for climate change, these examples can be considered case studies of how people from around the world are making a difference with their actions.
|Case Studies: |
Relevant case studies are included. Case studies are thorough descriptions of real events from real situations that students use to explore concepts in an authentic context.
|Locus of Control||Good|
|Locus of Control: Meaningful opportunities are provided for students to choose elements of program content, the medium in which they wish to work, and/or to go deeper into a chosen issue.|