Climate Change and Global Warming 5E Unit – Fully editable and Complete 5E Unit. This 5E unit stands alone and will take your class about two weeks to complete. By purchasing this bundle you will save 48% vs. purchasing the individual components separately.
By the end of this 5E lesson, students will:
• Analyze some of the effects of climate change around the world
• Analyze how scientists study climate change dating back thousands of year
• Investigate different ways humans influence Earth’s climate
• Gain an understanding of the greenhouse effect and how humans are enhancing it
• Learn appropriate vocabulary including but not limited to climate, weather, anthropogenic, greenhouse, cycles
• Investigate the role humans play in increasing the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere and how this leads to climate change and global warming
• Come up with ways to counter climate change deniers
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How does the 5E model facilitate learning?
• It emphasizes inquiry, critical thinking, and the process of science
• Its success is backed by countless scientific studies that demonstrate its effectiveness
• It’s built around the idea that humans construct knowledge and meaning from their learning experiences. That they build upon their prior knowledge and to be effective, learning needs to be active and allow the participants to construct new knowledge from their experiences
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– This could involve a short video with probing question or a discussion based around current events, common misconceptions, etc.
– Creates interest and excitement for your students
– Asks questions and probes their initial conceptions
– In this bundle, your students will answer three short questions then watch a very brief video on Climate Change. The questions and video will provide the sustenance for a class discussion
– Students use and develop creative thinking skills, make observations, record results, and make connections
– In this phase, students will complete a special 7-station, Lab Activity where they will gain real experiences with the topic
**Note: The lab station activity requires very little preparation or materials**
– For a complete description of the lab station activity, please see below
– This is the instructional phase where concepts are presented to the students in a clear and applicable way
– Students develop understanding of the content
– Observations and experiences are discussed and critiqued
– Students develop vocabulary
– Students are able to connect the content presented to previous experiences
– The lesson comes in PowerPoint and .PDF formats. For a complete description of the lesson, please see below
– This phase involves the students completing an activity or assignment that forces them to expand their thinking and knowledge of the topic. They will propose solutions and extend their learning to new situations
– This bundle includes a Scavenger Hunt Activity
**Note: The Scavenger Hunt is device-based and requires very little preparation or materials other than 1 device (smartphone, Chromebook, laptop, tablet) per 3 students**
– For a complete description of the activity, please see below
– Your students’ will demonstrate their understanding and evaluate their own progress
– This bundle includes a choice of written assessments that will allow your students to demonstrate their understanding
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The NRC’s How People Learn has synthesized decades of research across many different disciplines about how people learn (NRC, 1999 blue right-pointing triangle). Key findings from that synthesis include the following. First, students (people) must be interested and engaged in what they are learning and find it useful and meaningful. Second, students (people) must be actively involved in the process of teaching and learning, comparing new information to previous ideas, constructing new understandings, and quite simply changing their own minds about how the world works. And third, students (people) need opportunities to apply what they have learned to new situations, to check the completeness of their understanding, and to evaluate their own learning for themselves. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2931660/)
By incorporating this 5E lesson, you will provide your students with a meaningful and coherent way of learning that best suits their needs. You will also utilize technology in a way that creates order and promotes understanding.
The follow 5E lessons are currently available.
Earth and Space Science
This fully editable Lab Station Activity on Climate Change is meant to get your students out of their seats and engaged in the content. Each station not only offers a unique opportunity to test your students knowledge (offer an opinion, answer questions based on a video or reading, draw, etc.), but also provides a fantastic learning opportunity where your kids are learning through assessment. Each station comes with a description card while some also contain more detailed instructions, a reading, questions to answer, etc. Students are equipped with a recording sheet (passport) to write their answers. There is almost no prep for you. Simply print the cards, lay them out around the room and you’re all set. An answer key is also provided where applicable.
This lab activity covers:
– Climate Change
– The Greenhouse Gases
– The Greenhouse Effect
– Global Warming
Bonus Activities: To ensure your students don’t have any downtime between stations, your lab also includes a 10-word word scramble and word search, both with an answer key. You can use them as part of their mark, as a bonus so it’s not mandatory, etc. However you choose to use it, it will ensure that your students are always busy and never idle. Note: For stronger classes, I give the word scramble and for weaker ones, the word search.
How do the Lab Stations work? Each station is specially designed to be a unique complement to the material while at the same time, provide a valuable learning experience. Below is an overview of how each station works. In your activity, each will be tailored to the specific content.
Station 1: Get Hands-On – using their creative skills, students are required to draw or build.
Station 2: Research – using a classroom computer or their own device, students must research a specific question/issue surrounding the topic.
Station 3: Explain yourself – students write down an opinion to a question in paragraph form.
Station 4: Rest Station – students can use this time to catch up on work they didn’t have time to complete at a previous station or prepare themselves for an upcoming one.
Station 5 – Applicability reading – students read a short passage from an article, website, etc. which directly connects the classroom content to a real life application.
Station 6: Test your knowledge – students answer 5 multiple choice questions then provide a written explanation for how/why they came to their conclusions.
Station 7: Learn from the expert – using a classroom computer or their own device, students must watch a short video clip and answer the associated questions. They may stop, rewind and restart as often as they like during the time frame.
Station 8 – Rest Station.
Station 9: Become the question master – Students must create 2 multiple-choice questions, 2 true/false questions and 1 short answer question. Students must also supply the answers
Explanation – Climate Change and Global Warming Lesson
Climate Change and Global Warming Unit – This lesson will take you three days to complete and includes a student and teacher version of the PowerPoint). The lesson contains three videos, and a student lesson handout as a word document. The PowerPoint is fun and applicable with many opportunities for inquiry-based learning and discussion.
The minds-on inquiry activities are meant to break down student misconceptions and help guide them to the correct concepts.
Included in the lesson package is:
– The teacher version of the PowerPoint
– The student version of the PowerPoint
– THREE videos embedded into the PowerPoint
– Student lesson handout
In order, the lesson covers:
– Weather vs. Climate
– Earth’s energy supply
– The atmosphere
– Greenhouse gases
– The greenhouse effect
– Enhanced greenhouse effect
– The role of the carbon cycle
– Effects of global warming
– Historic climate change
– Climate proxies
– What you can do
The student version of the PowerPoint contains multiple blanks that need to be filled in throughout the lesson. These blanks are conveniently underlined and bolded on the teacher copy. I have found this to be the most effective means of keeping my students engaged and active without having them write everything out. This also leaves more time for discussion and activities.
Elaborate – Climate Change Scavenger Hunt Activity
This activity is the coolest thing I’ve created and your kids are going to love it, mine do. Think of a scavenger hunt, then add devices (Smartphones, Chromebooks, Laptops, or Tablets), engaged students, and learning through assessment and you have this resource.
Quick Disclaimer. In order to use this activity, your classroom must have at least 1 device per 3 students. Smartphones, Chromebooks, Laptops, and Tablets will all work perfectly. The wording and delivery make this resource perfect for a wide range of grade levels. If for some reason you feel this hunt isn’t perfect for your classroom, I’m happy to refund your purchase no questions asked.
The Content Includes:
• Climate change and global warming
• Climate vs. weather
• Global temperature changes
• Sea and CO2 levels
• Greenhouse gases
Here’s how you implement them:
• Print the QR codes and place them around the room
• Place your students into groups
• Let them loose! They move from Location to Location as they complete their tasks. Each Task is assigned by scanning the QR code and there are 5 Tasks per Scavenger Hunt Activity.
• Have them submit their answers directly to your email via a form on my website.
• Lets your students utilize their devices
• Cuts down on wasted paper
• Combines learning with assessment
• Is a lot of fun
• Comes in both Word and PDF formats
Each Hunt is different and offers a unique way for your students to explore the topic. From Hunt-to-Hunt, possible tasks your students will face include:
• Video analysis
• Fully automated and marked Quiz
• Finish the story
• Start the story
• News article
• Word scramble
• Short answer
• Web research