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Climate Change : Passing Gas

Elementary, Middle

Description

In this lesson, students engage in an experiential learning activity, acting out the accumulation of gases in the Earth’s atmosphere. Through this and related activities, the lesson reinforces understanding of the impact of human behavior on climate change.

Part of the activities will help students identify the three main gases in the Earth’s atmosphere that contribute to the greenhouse effect (carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide) and how human actions have an impact on the level of these gases within the earth’s atmosphere.

This lesson should be taught after the students have some knowledge of climate change.

General Assessment

Strengths

  • This tool is informative and easy to use
  • The resource is up-to-date and provides a good quantity of supplemental and supporting information.
  • The resource incorporates activities instead of just paper.

Recommendation of how and where to use it

This resource can be used to connect discussions on climate action across different subject areas for students in grades four to eight.  The content can be adapted to fit the needs of students and the school community. Teachers across Canada are encouraged to explore with their students how human activity is one of the main causes when looking at global warming.

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Themes Addressed

  • Air, Atmosphere & Climate (2)

    • Air Pollution
    • Climate Change
  • Citizenship (1)

    • Ecological Footprint
  • Human Health & Environment (1)

    • Environmental Justice