Climate Change Activities
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Climate Change activities and lesson plans 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.
Activity #4 EVAPORATION AND CLIMATES:
Students will compare and contrast evaporation rates in different climates. They will be able to explain how temperature can affect evaporation, and list ways that evaporation can affect the water cycle. Download this lesson plan.
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?
Lightning-ignited fires are a natural part of the Everglades ecosystems. They aid in the recycling of nutrients through the ecosystem.