Our Precious Mother Earth
Students will be able to define the words "climate change" and discuss ways to reverse climate change.
- Join students together in a circle, either seated or standing.
- Explain to students that today they will explore images, statistics, and facts about our home, Earth, in a vast universe that is 13.8 billion years old.
- Show images from NASA's Climate Time Machine.
- Ask students to write down three things they notice and three things they wonder connected to the images.
- Ask students to share their notices and wonders.
- Project the Live Science slideshow.
- Move through 10 slides about Earth and the universe.
- Ask, "What are some things that stand out for you in the slides?"
- Explain that Earth has been around for a long time, but is also fragile.
- Explain how scientists report that climate change is affecting the Earth's water and creatures, and creating more extreme weather and storms.
Explicit Instruction/Teacher modeling(15 minutes)
- Write the words "climate change" on the board.
- Explain that today the class will be researching climate change on computers, in groups.
- Tell them that each group will be assigned to answer one question and put together a short slideshow presentation.
- Tell them that the presentation will be presented to the class by each group and then also to an authentic audience of their choice (city council, school principal, etc.).
- Explain that they will also have the option to writer letters to a school in another country that is affected by climate change.
Guided practise(5 minutes)
- Project the National Geographic website on climate change.
- Explain that each group will go to the website and research the answer to their assigned question.
- Tell them that they will create a short slideshow using the information gathered from the website.
- Write the following questions on the board ahead of time, to be assigned to groups to research:
- What causes climate change?
- How is climate change affecting the planet?
- How will climate change affect wildlife?
- How will people be affected by climate change?
- How are people coping with climate change?
- How can I help prevent climate change?
- Share that if the group finishes early they will have the option of writing a letter to a pen pal in another country about climate change.
- Project the Elevate a Child website to write letters.
- Ask the class if they have any questions and clarify any instructions.
Independent working time(20 minutes)
- Break the class into (multi-ability) groups of 3–4 students.
- Assign one question on climate change to each group.
- Dismiss groups to computers.
- Give students 20 minutes to research their question, create their slide show, and write letters.
Enrichment: Ask advanced students to generate a list of people in the community the class could present their findings on climate change to and proposals on how to help cope with climate change in the community.
Support: Work one-on-one or in small groups with some students during computer work time.
- Walk around the room and check student comprehension of climate change during group work.
Review and closing(5 minutes)
- Bring students back together in a circle.
- Ask each group to present their one question and answer they were assigned.
- Explain that you will review each group's slideshow presentation at another time.
- Lead a meaningful discussion using the following guiding questions:
- What can the class do to reverse climate change?
- How can we support the school to reverse climate change?
- What can our community do to reverse climate change?
- Who would you like our class climate change presentation to be shared with in our school or community?
- Who would like to share their letter to their pen pal in Africa?