K-2 Inquiry Guide
Chapter Four: 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: Janice Haines and Nathalie Lauriault
This chapter explores green energy, the difference between “needs” and “wants” as well as the importance of becoming a climate champion.
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The background information for this chapter delves into the future of careers in climate change: the green economy & climate opportunities.
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 explore innovations in alternative energy, learn how they function and understand their benefits. They will explore their environment and understand how changes can be put in place to improve the energy system. Students will then create a machine that can help the environment. They will be given choices and encouraged to design and build their prototype.
- 100% Renewable Energy
- Worlds Largest Lesson – Emma Watson Introduction | Global Goals
- 5 inventions changing the world! | Explore | Awesome Activities & Fun Facts | CBC Kids
- 11 Kid Inventors Break Down Their Greatest Inventions | The New Yorker
- Engineering Design Kindergarten Science
- Seed Launching Backpack, a 3D-printed, pollinator-friendly invention | The Kid Should See This
How to get students thinking about being “green”. Students will explore how a simple act can have a ripple effect and change and help their world.
- Sesame Street: It’s Not Easy Being Green (Kermit’s Song)
- Kermit the Frog – It’s Not Easy Being Green Lyrics
- Teach kids sustainability: What Does it Mean to be Green? – By Rana Diorio, illustrated by Chris Blair
- What Matters – By Alison Hughes, illustrated by Holly Hatam
- I AM ONE (A Book Of Action) – By Susan Verde, illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds
Chapter 4 Curricular Connections
Point of view
Rights and responsibilities
Supply and demand
Physical Education and Health and Wellness