Global Warming Classroom Project:?Project Elements

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The planet is heating up!
Objectives Students will:
  1. Students will be able to identify the elements of global warming.
    • Learn about global warming, greenhouse gases, the greenhouse effect and climate change.
    • Learn about what causes global warming.
  2. Students will be able to discuss the effects of global warming orally and in writing.
  3. Students will create presentations that explain how people can reduce global warming.
    • Advocacy presentations will demonstrate understanding of:
      • global warming (responding to the essential and supporting questions);
      • one effect of global warming;
      • what is being done to contain that effect.
    • Advocacy presentations will include calls to action with specific action plans, such as conserve water by... reduce energy use by... reduce pollution by..., etc.
Essential Questions
  1. What is global warming?
  2. How do human activities?affect global warming?
  3. How does global warming impact the planet?
  4. Why are there two camps of thought on global warming (humans speeding it up vs. global warming as a natural process)?
  5. How can people slow the rate of global warming?
Supporting Questions What is global warming?
What is the greenhouse effect?
What are the interdependencies of plants and animals in habitats?
What is climate change?
How do we distinguish between natural climate change and human-caused climate change?
What are the effects of global warming?
How does global warming affect your lives?
What are individuals doing to reduce global warming?
Academic Vocabulary global warming, climate zones, greenhouse effect, greenhouse gases, climate change, carbon dioxide, methane, deforestation, recycling, wind power, environment.
Culminating Activity? Students will create advocacy presentations that demonstrate an understanding of global warming and include specific descriptions of one effect and calls to action to reduce that effect.

Culminating Activity Rubric
Email Rubric
Relevant websites:
National Geographic, global warming interactive

Reflections/Assessments? Write summary email to ePals, and review of student projects.
Related Resources? report summarizing the science and impact of climate change on the US
Global Warming Fast Facts
What happened at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in 2009?
Check the vital signs of our planet!
United States Environmental Protection Agency: "Global Warming Quiz"-This online EPA resource provides five questions that check basic understanding of the causes of global warming.
What's Up With the Weather?-This NOVA and FRONTLINE special report on global warming provides graphs, a helpful FAQ, an interactive activity that helps students recognize sources of daily energy consumption and determine their "diet" of carbon, perspectives for and against global warming, and more.
4th-6th Grade
Climate Change Guide-This site gives a lot of basic information about climate change. It can be translated into French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Japanese, Korean, Chinese, and Arabic.
US Environmental Protection Agency Climate Change Kids Site- This online EPA resource explains the basics of climate and climate change, possible impacts of global warming, and actions individuals can take to slow global warming.
5th-8th Grade
Atmosphere, Climate and Environment: Information and Teaching Resources-This site contains basic information about climate change.
Kids Crossing: Living in the Greenhouse!- This interactive site explains basic information about climate and how and why our climate is changing.
8th-12th Grade
Global Climate Change Links- This is a list of other websites on global warming, climate and weather.
Environmental Change and our Health-This site explores the connection between our changing environment and our well-being.
Science Museum of the National Academy of Sciences: Global Warming Facts and Our Future-This interactive site explains the Greenhouse Effect, the carbon cycle, the causes of climate change, the impact of climate change, and more.
Global Climate Change Research Explorer-This is a very sophisticated site on global climate change where the information is broken down by atmosphere, hydrosphere, cryosphere, biosphere and global effects.

Extended Learning?

See the following websites:
Studying effects of global warming on climate change
Role Play-Become advisers to various heads of states regarding global warming
Create your own global warming comic strip
Discuss a radio broadcast on global warming
Complete another ePals project (habitats, water, natural disasters, etc.).
Study in detail one of the actions that people are taking to reduce global warming: alternative fuels, recycling, etc.
Watch An Inconvenient Truth: gather articles about the accuracy of the film-have students do their own research and reach their own conclusions.
Start a Global Warming Board: Ask students to be on the lookout for magazine or newspaper articles on global warming and bring them in to the class to discuss.
Participate in a volunteer project related to reduce global warming.