1.2 Bringing the Science of Climate Change to Elementary Students with Classroom Activities from Elementary GLOBE

Monday, 7 January 2019: 12:00 AM
North 229AB (Phoenix Convention Center - West and North Buildings)
Becca Hatheway, UCAR, Boulder, CO; and L. S. Gardiner, D. M. Stanitski, J. Taylor, T. R. Harte, and K. Zarlengo

To address the dearth of climate education resources at the elementary level, we have developed an Elementary GLOBE module to showcase the science of climate change for young learners.

Elementary GLOBE builds K-4 student understanding of the science concepts and the practices of science research. At the heart of each Elementary GLOBE module is a fictional storybook, describing how three kids investigate a science question. Accompanying classroom activities allow students to explore the science concepts in the book in more depth and in a context appropriate for young learners.

The book for the Elementary GLOBE climate module, “What in the World Is Happening to Our Climate?,” is the account of an adventure to explore climate change, how it is affecting melting glacial ice and sea level rise, and how climate change is a problem that can be solved. Three hands-on activities, which will be shared at this session, allow students to explore the topics in greater depth including differences between weather and climate, how sea level rise affects coastal areas, and how they can shrink their carbon footprint to help address recent climate change.

Each activity includes instructions for teachers, background information, and activity sheets for students, and is aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core Math and Language Arts Standards. The storybook and activities were field tested in classrooms and reviewed by climate and Earth system scientists as well as elementary education and climate education specialists to ensure scientific accuracy and clear explanations, and that the resources are age appropriate and reflect the needs of the climate education community.

Other Elementary GLOBE modules explore the following topics: air quality, clouds, seasons, soil, water, and Earth as a system. All Elementary GLOBE educational resources are freely available online (www.globe.gov/elementaryglobe).

For this session we request a table that can be used to demonstrate our classroom activities.

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