3-6 Inquiry Guide

Chapter 4. It's Easy Being Green!

This chapter consists of three guided inquiries that start with a provocation and culminate with ideas to take action. 

Contributors: Lynn Bristoll and Judy Halpern

 

Burcu Köleli for ArtistsForClimate.org
Art by Burcu Köleli for ArtistsForClimate.org

This chapter explores energy and the green options available to consumers. It then explores the difference between needs and wants, as well as rights and responsibilities so that students understand and can act on the dire need to explore alternative energy options in their lifetime.  The chapter concludes with students exploring and identifying careers that are greener to broaden their knowledge and understanding from those traditional professions many aspire to.

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The background information for this chapter delves into the future of careers in climate change: the green economy & climate opportunities.

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Students will explore innovations in alternative energy production by exploring a true story of a small Danish island that transformed into a model of sustainability. This book will inspire and motivate readers to learn about renewable energy systems. 

Resources:

  • Access to the Internet

Explore Inquiry 1

What do children need to survive and live a healthy, happy life? The activities in this inquiry help students distinguish the difference between the things they want and the things they need. Students will come to understand that needs such as clean water, education and protection from abuse are things that all children have a right to. These rights are enshrined in the United Nations Convention for the Rights of the Child. 

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Explore Inquiry 2

What are green careers? How do we view career choices with an environmental lens? As an introduction to green career opportunities, begin by having students watch this video by TVO Kids which introduces them to two careers, a forest manager and water treatment technician. 

Forest Manager & Water Technician

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Explore Inquiry 3

Chapter 4 Curricular Connections

Curricular connections

Concepts

Science





Sustainability

Stewardship

Ecosystems

Interdependence

Changes

Cycles

Climate

Conservation

Action

Innovation 

Language

Critical literacy

Media forms

Reading

Text features

Text forms

Inference

Retelling

Restating

Communication

Social Studies

Physical features

Human-environmental interactions

Choice

Employment

Contribution

Physical Education and Health and Wellness

Motivation

Participation

Outdoor education

The Arts

Composition

Interpretation

Symbolism

Math 

Data literacy