Electricity Audit of Your Home

Grade Level: 9 – 12

Students Will:

  • Complete an electricity audit of one room in their home during one week.
  • Extrapolate their energy use for one year and calculate carbon dioxide, SOx and NOx production resulting from coal-fired powerplant electricity production.
  • Evaluate and look for ways to reduce their energy use.

Activity Material:

Electricity_Audit_of_Your_Home

Additional Material:

Powerpoint presentation on electricity saving project created by Sara Krauskopf.

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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]

Calculate Your Food Carbon Footprint

Grade Level: 9 – 12
Activity Summary:

    Use interactive web tools designed to demonstrate:

  • the amount of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases your generated by their household or themselves.
  • the impact of diet.
  • how changes in diet can improve nutrition and protect the environment.

Activity Material:

  1. Carbon Footprint Calculator
  2. Tour the Food Supply
  3. Eating Green Calculator
  4. Score Your Diet

Earth’s Energy Cycle – Albedo

Grade Level: 6 – 9
Students Will:

  • Explore how the color of materials at the Earth’s surface effect the amount of warming.
  • Develop a hypothesis, collect data, and make interpretations.
  • Be able to explain why dark colored materials become hotter.

Activity Material:
http://www.eo.ucar.edu/educators/ClimateDiscovery/ESS_lesson4_10.19.05.pdf