intro to climate change
This learning block represents one week’s work. Aim to watch at least one video and choose at least one activity or project to complete.
There are two videos to choose from about Climate Change. The first one is better for younger kids, the second one will appeal to older kids. Feel free to watch one, or both!
Whats the difference between Weather and Climate?
Now choose an Activity
practice drawing earth
Have fun learning to draw earth!
You will need paper, a cup to trace around for your circle, and markers.
This drawing skill will come in handy as you explore climate change and document your ideas, draw protest signs, and think about how to help the earth survive climate change.
If you want another challenge, try drawing earth impacted by climate change and warming temperatures.
melting ice experiment
Climate Change causes the temperature on earth to rise creating a condition called Global Warming. This warming impacts the ice in glaciers and causes the level of the sea to rise. Try out this experiment to see what happens ice melts on earth.
You will need:
- two identical clear plastic containers
- clay or rocks
- cold water
What did you learn? Does different ice act differently? How did the water level change? What do you think will happen if glaciers melt and sea level rises? Record your thoughts.
Check out a video of Artic ice melting over many years.
What is your carbon footprint? Project
In this project, you will about your personal impact on climate change and the rising temperatures on earth. Do you think the amount of carbon dioxide you add to the earth impacts climate change? Take these steps to measure your Carbon Footprint.
1. Watch the two videos above to learn about carbon footprints. How big do you think your carbon footprint is? Is your footprint bigger or smaller than another member of your family?
2. Download and print this worksheet. If you can’t print the page, just write your answers on another sheet of paper.
3. Fill out the worksheet to determine your carbon footprint. Use the workspace on the third page to total up your answers.
4. Now that you know your carbon footprint answer the questions about “What changes can you make in your life to reduce your carbon footprint?.”
5. Draw a small poster to share the size of your footprint and how you are going to make it smaller. Share this with your family and see if they have more ideas to reduce your footprint. Consider offering to calculate the footprint of other members of your family.
When you’re done, remember to take a photo of your poster and add your work to your portfolio!
Books About CLIMATE CHANGE
Click on a book to buy it from Amazon. Or, you can ask for them at your local library. *”The Tantrum that saved the World” is not available via Amazon alternative link provided.