3-6 Inquiry Guide
Chapter 1. What is Climate Change and Why Care
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
In this initial inquiry, students will explore and learn about the differences between weather and climate and understand the basic scientific principles of climate change through books, videos and interpretations of an infographic. You may find there are more activities than a class can complete. Several activities have been included so that every kind of learner can find ideas, questions, and activities that inspire learning that leads to action.
Background information for educators on some climate change basics including:
- Climate vs. Weather
- Greenhouse effect
- Climate Change Impacts
- Canadian’s climate change knowledge & understanding
Students will explore climate change concepts based on a non-fiction text and explore how climate is different from weather.
- What is Climate Change? by Gail Herman, chapter 1 sound bite (can be retrieved from: https://soundcloud.com/penguin-audio/what-is-climate-change-by-gail)
- Other possible stories from this list: Climate Action Books for Kids
Chapter 1 Curricular Connections
Physical Education and Health and Wellness