A Closer Look at Global Warming
environmental problems in the local community.
student knows that the activities of humans affects plants and animals in
information on and proposes solutions to environmental problems.
how the communities have changed over time.
the importance of cooperation in human relationships.
the importance of being an active member of the community.
one hour periods
MATERIALS Book: Climate
Crisis by Nigel Hawkes, a globe, picture of earth on fire
greenhouse effect, El Nino, global warming, climate, EPA
Glossary from a-z about the environment. It can be used for all lessons.
Show students a globe, a picture of the sun or fire. Or you can draw an
earth on fire.
Ask students to look at this scenario and predict what this lesson will be
about. Have students record their predictions in their writing
Read the book: Climate Crisis by Nigel Hawkes.
This book looks back at the earth's past and how the climate has
changed through the years. It discusses the effects of global warming such as
the greenhouse effect, the new system of "El Nino" and how
storms are more frequent as the temperature has risen. The author
talks about how human
activity has had a major impact on the problem and concludes with various
solutions. It gives the reader tips on what they can do to help.
Discuss: What is global warming?
a. What causes global
b. What is the main
effect of global warming?
c. What can be done to
stop global warming?
Students will search the web to see a movie and find out more about global
warming at: BrainPop.
from One World Organization tell you all about global warming.
Polar Bear from ARM tells
beginners about global warming.
Kids from Wisconsin have something to say
about the subject.
Kids Ecology Corps
click on Environments and locate Global Warming.
reading the story and doing research in the net, the student will make a concept
map to show what global warming is. (A concept map is a drawing
explaining the concept as the student understands it). This may be
done by hand since it may be hard to do in the computer, but they can try
any drawing software.
The student will label their concept map to explain what causes global warming.
student will read
about what the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) says can be done about global warming. We
Can Make A Difference Then write an
expository to explain what you can do to help stop global warming.
1. Invite a local meteorologist to talk to the class and share how the weather has
been changing through the years.
student will check out their local newspaper web page. Go to weather and check
out the temperature for the last five years on August 1st. Make a graph
that shows their findings.
student will write a persuasive letter against global warming and send them to this
of Wildlife. This site is for teachers. You
information or write against global warming. You can send your students
letters to them.
1. The student will create a concept
map showing understanding of how
global warming works.
2. The student will write to explain the causes of
global warming and what you can do to help stop