Climate Change Activities
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NEW for 2013 SCHOOL YEAR.
Climate Change activities designed for 5th-6th grade use in the park, or at school. These relate to Everglades and South Florida ecosystems.
Links to more teacher resources are provided at the bottom of this page.
Activity #1 GREENHOUSE GASSES:
Play games relating to how heat is captured by greenhouse gasses. Students will compete and run. They get to discover how some gasses are more effective at trapping heat in the atmosphere than other gasses are.
Activity #2 CARBON BUDGET:
Students use math, visual and auditory techniques to demonstrate that the amount of carbon being added to the atmosphere is more than what the planet is removing. This activity can use different learning styles to demonstrate the 2008 global carbon budget. Show that the imbalance of a yearly extra four billion tons of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is the fundamental cause of climate change.
Activity #3 SEA LEVEL CHANGE :
Learn and teach how sea level changes occur. This activity has lots of hands-on fun. Discover how the Everglades and Miami's sealevel is influenced by processes far away. Demonstrate the difference between melting icebergs and melting icesheets. Show how melting icesheets in Antartica and Greenland are affecting our sub-tropical coastline.
Resource Links to Teacher Friendly Classroom INFORMATION.
Climate Change tips for educators (PDF).
Visit the Everglades climate change webpage, or the National Park Service climate change response program website.
Did You Know?
On April 21, 1958, Everglades National Park conducted the first prescribed fire for ecological management in both the Park and the National Park Service. This burn pioneered using fire as a resource management tool nationwide.