Making Cosmic Education Relative.
Continuing the study of weather and climate that started in lower elementary (Weather and Climate Level 6-9, ELC-5028), this curriculum brings an integrated approach to the study of climate change, global warming, greenhouse effect, and more. Diverse subject matter and actual data from NASA, and NOAA, are used for students to use their analytical skills.
Although some might disagree with the idea that climate change actually exists, the reality is that our weather patterns and climate are changing. The inhabitants of this planet do have a direct effect on the environment:
Carbon dioxide is up to 408 parts per million
Global temperature has risen by 1.8 oF since 1980
Arctic ice is dropping by 13.2% per decade
We are loosing 413 gigatonnes of ice per year, and
Sea levels are rising by 3.2 mm per year
This new curriculum gives students a front row seat at how our environment affects us, and how we have contributed to the changes that are currently taking place. More importantly though, it brings the concepts of Cosmic Education within grasp, helping them understand that we don't just live on this blue marble we call Earth. We are Earth!
The curriculum Includes:
Carbon footprint forms
Parts of a Glacier nomenclature
Changes in land usage cards
Energy production cards
Environmental web cards
Greenhouse effect gases nomenclature
Types of energy sorting cards
Cultural changes through the years
Energy production task cards
Population explosion task cards
Going green task cards
Reduce, reuse, recycle task cards
Water conservation task cards
Changes in land usage task cards
Greenhouse effect control chart
Greenhouse effect mute chart
Greenhouse effect movable objects and labels
Each concept integrates STEM projects that emphasize and contextualize essential science and engineering practices.
For purchasing the curriculum and additional information please follow the link here.