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Climate change can be an overwhelming topic for young students. However, as the global citizens who could be most impacted by the environmental problems associated with warming temperatures it is important that they understand this issue. This fun, animated video uses the analogy of a blanket over the Earth to describe what cause's global warming and how it affects our planet. The vision for the future is positive as students learn what they can do to help stop the blanket from getting any “thicker” and the planet any warmer.
This video supports Grade K-5 Science learning related to human impacts on habitats, ecosystem interactions and air quality. The film also reinforces discussions about renewable and non-renewable resources, sustainability and responsible resource use.
Using a bicycle is shown in the video as a way that kids can easily reduce their carbon footprint. A class could organize a school campaign to encourage students and teachers to walk/bike or carpool as much as possible. A school contest to see who can log the most miles using alternate transportation could add some fun and motivate involvement. Students who have to take a school bus could participate by asking the driver to reduce idling times and recording emission savings.
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