K-2 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: Janice Haines and Nathalie Lauriault 

 

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Art by Belen Gonzalez for ArtistsForClimate.org

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 how a system is made up of interdependent parts. They will discover through various activities how all the parts need to work together to create a healthy system, illustrated through different examples from all over the world and within the natural environment. 

Resources: 

Explore Inquiry 1

Students will explore their local community, through a neighbourhood walk, noting the systems at work that make it function. Students will also discover how they are part of  systems and how they can take responsibility and make positive contributions.

Resources: 

Explore Inquiry 2 

Students will explore the systems at work in a local natural habitat. Students will discover and understand the importance of how all parts of the natural world are connected and how human impacts can affect the natural system. They will be encouraged to find solutions to help the natural habitat.

Resources:

Explore Inquiry 3 

Chapter 2 Curricular Connections

Curricular connections

Concepts

Science








Ecosystems

Systems

Interdependence

Changes

Characteristics

Stewardship

Environment

Sustainability

Social Studies

Physical features

Location

Systems

Natural resources

Human activities

Interrelationships

Cause

Human-environmental interaction

The Arts

Improvisation

Body

Space

Movement

Interpretation

Line

Shape

Form

Colour

Physical Education and Health and Wellness

Fulfillment

Contribution

Connection

Relationships

Self-awareness

Choice

Language

Communication

Retelling

Interpretation

Objectivity