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Teaching Elementary School Students about Climate Science: New Opportunities with the NGSS

Abstract: Elementary school-aged students can learn about climate science in age-appropriate yet rigorous ways. The three-dimensional approach to science instruction advocated for in the Next Generation Science Standards offers an exciting opportunity to teach climate science to young learners. Specifically, instruction in climate science can meaningfully integrate disciplinary core ideas related to weather, climate, the Earth, and human activity with crosscutting concepts such as, patterns; cause and effect; systems and system models; and scale, proportion, and quantity. Kim will share practical ways to effectively teach climate science based on own experience with elementary school children and preservice elementary teachers. She will also share how to connect instruction about climate science to the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics.

Bio: Kim A. Cheek, Associate Professor of Science Education at University of North Florida

Dr. Kim Cheek is a native of Pennsylvania but has lived in a variety of places inside the U.S. and overseas. She has a Ph.D. in science education from Durham University in the UK., as well as masters' degrees in elementary education and geoscience. Kim has 11 years of full-time teaching experience as an elementary and middle school classroom teacher and an elementary special education teacher. At UNF, Kim teaches STEM methods courses for elementary and early childhood majors.

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