3-6 Inquiry Guide

Chapter 2. How Does Climate Change Affect Our World?

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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This inquiry delves deeper into the multifaceted environmental effects of climate change. We encourage students to harness their curiosity about the local environment by examining changes to systems and through systems thinking, specifically ecosystems, biodiversity and habitat loss, or by connecting with a community expert and exploring restorative practices. We have included a multitude of external resources and guiding questions to help support and extend student research and action.

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Background Information for educators focusing on the environmental effects of climate change across Canada including:

  • Changes in Temperature & Precipitation
  • Changes to the Cryosophere
  • Changes to Freshwater Resources 
  • Changes in the Ocean Climate
  • Biodiversity Changes in Canada

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Students will be introduced to systems and systems thinking by exploring how climate change affects their own world. 

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Explore Inquiry 1

Students will explore their local community, through a neighbourhood walk, noting the systems at work that make it function. Students will note human impacts on the local community and explore the consequences of short-term and long-term actions. 

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Explore Inquiry 2

Students will explore the systems at work in a local natural habitat and as an “adventure scientist” collect data to provide evidence on the health of the habitat and biodiversity within it.

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Explore Inquiry 3

Chapter 2 Curricular Connections

Curricular Connections

Concepts

Science

Stewardship

Ecosystems

Biodiversity

Sustainability

Protection

Habitats

Change

Survival

Action

Conservation

Language

Critical Literacy

Text features

Text forms

Interencing

Retelling

Visual literacy

Media forms

Persuasion

Point of view

Social Studies

Perspectives

Interrelationships

Cause

Significance

Human-environmental interaction

Physical features

Rights 

Justice

Physical Education and Health and Wellness

Fulfillment

Contribution

Connection

Relationships

The Arts

Composition

Symbolism

Interpretation

Math

Data Literacy