Will Steger Foundation/Climate Generation
Activity length: Three 50-minute class periodsLearn more about Teaching Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness»
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This Activity builds on the following concepts of Climate Literacy.
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Teaching Tips | Science | Pedagogy |
- Check out the Climate Generation website featuring this lesson for supplemental materials and more information: https://www.climategen.org/take-action/teach-climate-change/curriculum/download-sample-lessons/
- Find the videos needed for Activity 5 at http://www.climategen.org/ngconline/.
- Find handouts and worksheets at the end of the lab or at https://www.climategen.org/what-we-do/education/climate-change-and-energy-curricula/curriculum-guides/next-generation-climate-for-grades-6-8/worksheets/.
- Three class periods are estimated for the for activities given, but multiple extension activities are provided, which may require more time.
- An ecological footprint quiz is offered as an extension activity. Prior to class, instructors should spend some time looking at the list of calculators provided to determine the one most suitable for their class.
About the Science
- Activity deals with the difference between adaptation and mitigation.
Comments from expert scientist:
- Difference between mitigation, adaptation and resilience
I suggest there be an introductory climate change lesson before this lesson (i.,e., what is climate change, what is causing it, what are the impacts, what are the projections)
About the Pedagogy
- A group activity and discussion immerse students into considering impacts of climate change and ways to adapt to and mitigate the effects of these changes.
- In the second activity, student use the National Climate Assessment to collect evidence that supports a claim they make about what response is best to mitigate or adapt to effects of climate change.
- Videos of varying difficulty are provided for different ability groups of students.
- Limited background materials are provided, so instructors may need to explore the concepts of adaptation and mitigation in more detail if they do not have prior knowledge in this area. Likewise, the limited resources may make this resource more suitable for grades 9-14, unless students and instructor come in with prior knowledge and scaffolding.
Technical Details/Ease of Use
- Limited resources and background materials are supplied for educators.
- Activity lesson plan and student sheets provided in pdf form; videos are in a separate section of the website.
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- Check out the Climate Generation website featuring this lesson for supplemental materials and more information: download lessons 2 or 5 directly or see larger unit
- Climate Generation developed resources for adapting this lesson to virtual learning and recorded a webinar on this topic