Lesson Plan

Climate Change: A Warming Planet

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Grade Level:
Fifth Grade-Eighth Grade
Subject:
Climate Change, Earth Science, Environment, Physical Science
Duration:
45 minutes
Group Size:
Up to 24 (4-8 breakout groups)
Setting:
classroom
National/State Standards:
Standard 6: Students assess the interrelated cycles and forces that shape Earth’s surface, including human interaction with Earth. (ASDOE Elementary Science Standards: Grade 5-8, pp. 42-73)

Overview

Our world is always changing. Look out your window long enough and you might see the weather change. Look even longer, and you'll see the seasons change. The Earth's climate is changing, too, but in ways that you can't easily see. Round-n-round the Earth goes, where change may happen nobody knows! This program will help students understand the changes occurring in the Earth’s climate, its impact on local ecosystems and help them discover ways to help.

Objective(s)

Students will be able to:

1. Understand that gases in the Earth’s atmosphere affect climate.

2. Learn how an increase in temperature can affect humans and ecosystems.

Background

The Earth's climate is getting warmer, and the signs are everywhere. As global temperatures continue to rise, we'll see more changes in our climate and our environment. These changes will affect people, animals, and ecosystems in many ways.                          Less rain can mean less water for some places, while too much rain can cause terrible flooding. More hot days can dry up crops and make people and animals sick. In some places, people will struggle to cope with a changing environment. In other places, people may be able to successfully prepare for these changes. The negative impacts of global climate change will be less severe overall if people reduce the amount of greenhouse gases we're putting into the atmosphere and worse if we continue producing these gases at current or faster rates.

Materials

1. Board game
2. Die
3. Checker cab

4. Playing Cards
5. Energy Stars

6. Power point program
7. Video

 

Procedure