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May be appropriate for high school students with some modifications.
About Teaching Climate Literacy
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Excellence in Environmental Education Guidelines
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A) Human/environment interactions.
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E) Environmental Issues.
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Teaching Tips | Science | Pedagogy |
- Start with a test game and make sure the anticipated learning actually takes place before launching into the game.
- Continue reminding the students of the implications of the game sequences.
- Have students read current articles on the spread of Malaria, Dengue Fever, Hantavirus, and West Nile virus in conjunction with this activity so they understand how the different diseases are spread.
- Clarify the role of bacteria in our environment and our bodies. The "How Diseases Get Spread" article makes it sound like all bacteria are bad. Be sure to give examples of how many bacteria are essential in creating healthy soil, healthy digestion, and the processing of waste in ecological systems.
About the Science
- Activity is based on a game to understand vector based diseases but explores the science behind the spread of three different diseases as a result of global warming.
- Science behind the spread of the example diseases needs to be supported by more background material and an introduction to effects of global warming.
- Climate change is only one of many factors that come into play with the spread of disease and potential pandemics, which should be stressed.
- Passed initial science review - expert science review pending.
About the Pedagogy
- The teacher needs to provide additional, up-to-date background materials and actively guide students through the research component of this activity.
- Scaffolding for the game is well done, but the guiding questions for the research part need more substance.
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