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Students learn about the causes & effects of climate change and its impacts on both human and non-human communities. Special attention is paid to the values and emotions that we are all experiencing in this crisis with the goal of inspiring empowerment and personal action moving forward.
Lesson One: Our Changing Climate:
Through images, video, text & discussion students examine changes in climate throughout the earth’s history. Topics include weather vs climate, deep time, anthropogenic and natural change, greenhouse gases and the impacts of a changing climate.
Lesson Two: Cause & Effect
A range of activities help students drill down on how human behavior impacts climate change. Focus is placed on our reliance on fossil fuels as well as the benefits of renewable energy.
Lesson Three: Ripple Effects
Students view a video examining climate change impacts on animal populations & participate in a role play and panel discussion focusing on the ecological impacts of our changing climate. Through the examination of images and case studies they consider the concept of eco-anxiety both globally and in their own experience.
Lesson Four: Be The Change
After viewing videos and case studies that describe different “global changemakers”, students discuss the ideas presented and collectively consider the concept of “Be the Change”. Using guidelines and templates provided by the resource, they adopt and commit to personal pledges
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.
While lessons support middle level outcomes in Science, Geography and History, the resource will be of particular interest to those teaching earth and space units (yr 5) and the ecosystem concept (yr 7).
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|Consideration of Alternative Perspectives||Very Good|
The student resources are evidence-based and present information and ideas through video and case studies that are without bias. Lessons require students form their own opinions and come to their own conclusions.
|Consideration of Alternative Perspectives: |
|Multiple Dimensions of Problems & Solutions||Good|
Students will learn how the the interplay of these dimensions have influenced anthropogenic climate change in the past and how they will determine our future.
|Multiple Dimensions of Problems & Solutions: |
Effectively addresses the environmental, economic and social dimensions of the issue(s) being explored.
The complexity of global warming and its impacts / ripple effects on ecosystems are clearly conveyed .
|Respects Complexity: |
The complexity of the problems/issues being discussed is respected.
|Acting on Learning||Satisfactory|
Lessons do an excellent job in illustrating the power and potential of individual action. Students are guided in how to formulate an action plan but implementation is not supported by the resource.
|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
The lessons include opportunities for students to explore their own values in relation to climate change and human activities that cause it.
|Values Education: |
Students are explicitly provided with opportunities to identify, clarify and express their own beliefs/values.
|Empathy & Respect for Humans||Good|
Students consider human migration and other impacts of climate change on the most vulnerable populations.
|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|
Lessons do a good job focusing student attention on the impacts of a changing climate on the natural as well as built environment.
|Personal Affinity with Earth: |
Encourages a personal affinity with -the natural world.
Students are consistently asked to apply what they are learning to their own community and experience.
|Locally-Focused Learning: |
Includes learning experiences that take advantage of issues/elements within the local community.
|Past, Present & Future||Very Good|
'Deep time' is a key theme of the resource and a longitudinal lens is applied to human behaviour and climate change. The potential of individual action in realizing a brighter future is made clear.
|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|
Students are presented with factual information and various perspectives through readings, case studies, simulations, images and short videos. They use these resources to form their own conclusions.
Lessons are structured so that multiple/complex answers are possible; students are not steered toward one 'right' answer.
The resource addresses outcomes in science, social studies, citizenship and geography.
|Integrated Learning: |
Learning brings together content and skills from more than one subject area
The lessons are largely scripted.
|Inquiry Learning: |
Learning is directed by questions, problems, or challenges that students work to address.
The lessons incorporate a wide range of learning activities that take place in individual, small and whole groupings. Learning tools include readings, case studies, video, role play and simulation. Versions of this resource exist for different age groups (from K to 8)
|Differentiated Instruction: |
Activities address a range of student learning styles, abilities and readiness.
|Experiential Learning||Poor/Not considered|
The resource includes one role-play activity.
|Experiential Learning: |
Authentic learning experiences are provided
Some learning takes place in small groups.
|Cooperative Learning: |
Group and cooperative learning strategies are a priority.
|Assessment & Evaluation||Poor/Not considered|
Assessment suggestions or tools are not included.
|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 are used prominently as a learning tool in one of the lessons.
|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||Satisfactory|
While decisions on action plans are left to the students, there are limited opportunities for them to choose program content.
|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.|