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 

 

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Art by Laura Valdés González for ArtistsForClimate.org

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.

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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.

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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.

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Explore Inquiry 2

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. 

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Explore Inquiry 3

Chapter 4 Curricular Connections

Curricular Connections

Concepts

Science



Stewardship

Ecosystems

Environment

Biodiversity

Sustainability

Protection

Habitats

Innovation

Change

Survival

Action

Conservation

Language

Communication

Inferencing

Retelling

Visual literacy

Media forms

Persuasion

Point of view

Critical Literacy

Social Studies

Resources

Perspectives

Consequences

Interrelationships

Cause

Significance

Human-environmental interaction

Physical features

Rights and responsibilities

Scarcity

Choice

Supply and demand

Physical Education and Health and Wellness

Decision-making

Contribution

Connection

Relationships

Self awareness

Balance

Choice

Peer pressure

Self-determination 

Leadership

Participation


The Arts

Composition

Symbolism

Interpretation

Relationships

Math

Scale

Shapes

Location

Investment

Organisation