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

 

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Illustration by Ely Astorga for ArtistsForClimate.org

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

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Students will explore climate change concepts based on a non-fiction text and explore how climate is different from weather.

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Explore Inquiry 1

In this Inquiry, students will use visual literacy skills to interpret an infographic that explains climate change concepts.

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Explore Inquiry 2

Students will watch videos to obtain solid background information on climate change concepts including the carbon footprint of the food we eat.

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Explore Inquiry 3

Chapter 1 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

Physical Education and Health and Wellness

Enjoyment

Motivation

Participation

Outdoor education

The Arts

Composition

Interpretation

Symbolism

Math 

Data literacy