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Global Warming Wheel Card
http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/emissions/wheel_card.html

US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

In this activity, students construct a Global Warming Wheel Card, a hand-held tool that they can use to estimate their household's emissions of carbon dioxide and learn how they can reduce them. One side of the wheel illustrates how much carbon dioxide a household contributes to the atmosphere per year through activities such as driving a car, using energy in the home, and disposing of waste. The other side shows how changes in behavior can reduce personal emissions.

Activity takes two to three class periods.

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Climate Literacy
About Teaching Climate Literacy

Actions taken by individuals, communities, states, and countries all influence climate. Practices and policies followed in homes, schools, businesses, and governments can affect climate. Climate-related decisions made by one generation can provide opportunities as well as limit the range of possibilities open to the next generation. Steps toward reducing the impact of climate change may influence the present generation by providing other benefits such as improved public health infrastructure and sustainable built environments.
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Energy Literacy

Different sources of energy and the different ways energy can be transformed, transported and stored each have different benefits and drawbacks.
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4.7 Different sources of energy have different benefits and drawbacks.
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Various sources of energy are used to power human activities .
One way to manage energy resources is through conservation.
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6.2 Conserving energy.
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Human use of energy.
Greenhouse gases affect energy flow through the Earth system.
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2.6 Greenhouse gases affect energy flow.
Physical processes on Earth are the result of energy flow through the Earth system.
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Physical processes on Earth are the result of energy flow .

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2. Knowledge of Environmental Processes and Systems:2.4 Environment and Society:A) Human/environment interactions
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A) Human/environment interactions.
2. Knowledge of Environmental Processes and Systems:2.4 Environment and Society:C) Resources
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C) Resources.
2. Knowledge of Environmental Processes and Systems:2.4 Environment and Society:D) Technology
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D) Technology.
2. Knowledge of Environmental Processes and Systems:2.4 Environment and Society:E) Environmental Issues
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E) Environmental Issues.
3. Skills for Understanding and Addressing Environmental Issues:3.1 Skills for Analyzing and Investigating Environmental Issues:A) Identifying and investigating issues
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3. Skills for Understanding and Addressing Environmental Issues:3.1 Skills for Analyzing and Investigating Environmental Issues:B) Sorting out the consequences of issues
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3. Skills for Understanding and Addressing Environmental Issues:3.1 Skills for Analyzing and Investigating Environmental Issues:C) Identifying and evaluation alternative solutions and courses of action
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C) Identifying and evaluation alternative solutions and courses of action.
3. Skills for Understanding and Addressing Environmental Issues:3.2 Decision-Making and Citizenship Skills:D) Evaluating the results of actions
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Benchmarks for Science Literacy
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Decisions to slow the depletion of energy resources can be made at many levels, from personal to national, and they always involve trade-offs involving economic costs and social values.
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Teaching Tips | Science | Pedagogy | Technical Details

Teaching Tips

  • Engaging students in energy audits is a great way of diffusing gloom and doom feelings that might overwhelm students after learning about climate change issues.
  • This set of lessons is not recommended for high school students because it is oversimplified.

About the Science

  • Using the wheelcard helps students understand their energy use, the emissions they cause, and ways of how energy can be saved.
  • Good background materials provided as well as the information and numbers that are used for the wheel.
  • Comments from expert scientist: This is a wonderful activity for grade school, I would not take it much above 6th grade level.

About the Pedagogy

  • Multiple learning styles are addressed in this 3-part lesson.
  • In some situations, asking students to work with their home energy bills might cause unease since it shows the type of house each student lives in. If this arises, the educator should provide students with sample bills and give them the choice of which they want to use.
  • Each day students build on the previous day's activity.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • Well-designed activity with plenty of background materials for teachers.

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