The One Degree Factor: The Carbon Dioxide Game

Grade Level: 5 – 8
Students Will:

  • Demonstrate the greenhouse effect by showing how CO2 in the atmosphere holds heat and insulates Earth.
  • Show how human activities affect the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.

Activity Material:
http://www.pbs.org/strangedays/educators/season1/ag_odf_cogame.html

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Global Warming 101

Grade Level: 3 – 12
Activity Summary:

  • The Global Warming101 Lesson Plans help students master the requisite background information on global climate change processes, the importance of the Arctic to global climate, the potential effects of global warming in the Arctic, and consider what could/should be done in response. They also help students communicate about the issue using communication strategies.

Activity Material:
http://willstegerfoundation.org/index.php/educator-resource-binder

[Materials provided by Will Steger Foundation and is free for download with simple online registration]

Climate Change, Wildlife, and Wildlands Toolkit

Grade Level: 1 – 12
Students Will:
For Ecosystems and species

  • Identify likely migration of plant and animal species and ecosystems in the Great Lakes region, and potential impacts on biodiversity.
  • Identify phenological changes over the past 100 years.
  • Correlate observed and predicted changes in wildlife, ecosystems and phenology with changes in climate.
  • Differentiate between impacts at various time scales (years/decades/centuries/millennia).

For Recreation/Tourism

  1. Summarize climate change impacts on tourism/recreation from lake levels, algae growth, snow sports, trout, ice fishing

Activity Material:
http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/wycd/ORWKit.html#studies
[Interpretive kit that includes a video, trail cards, global warming wheel card, and a CD-ROM, which contains fact sheets, brochures, case studies, sample trail talk out-lines, and a number of interactive activities. The kits focuses on four areas of the nation: • Western Mountains and Plains • Great Lakes and Upper Midwest • Chesapeake Bay and Assateague Island • Everglades and South Florida]

Project Budburst

Grade Level: 6 – 12
Students Will:

  • Identify several tree or flower species in their area, and observe the sequence
    of budding in those species relative to each other
  • Observe budding phenology and understand how the budding stage fits into a
    plant’s life cycle
  • Understand the relationship between weather and phenology.
  • Enter data into Web-based databases and compare their observations with those
    of students in other regions.
  • Interpret their data and convey results in graphics and/or in writing.

Activity Material:
http://www.windows.ucar.edu/citizen_science/budburst/TeacherGuide_PB2007.pdf

[Source:Center for Teaching and Learning at Chicago Botanic Garden]