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Solar Boxes

Authored by EcoRise and Representaciones e Inteligencia Sustentable

50 minutes
Primary subjects: 
Science
Grade: 
3, 4
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In this lesson, students learn about the greenhouse effect and how excessive greenhouse warming on a global scale is affecting weather patterns around the world. They create solar boxes to simulate normal and excessive greenhouse effects and discuss how temperature is dependent upon environmental conditions. Students also explore how human activities that generate energy have contributed to these changes and how limiting our use of fossil fuels and promoting alternative energies can help address this problem. The lesson ends with students detailing and sharing ways we can all help reverse climate change for a more sustainable future.

Key objectives for students
Describe the greenhouse effect.
Explain how the human use of fossil fuels is contributing to global climate change.
Simulate and analyze different examples of the greenhouse effect.
Recommend actions we can take to reduce global climate change.
Secondary subjects
Arts, Civics and Government, Environmental Education, Mathematics
Topics
greenhouse effect, global warming, global climate change, Climate, Atmosphere, fossil fuels, Carbon dioxide, gases, temperature, flood, Drought, Clean energy, Alternative energy, Renewable energy, nonrenewable energy
Skills
Collaboration, Communication skills, Critical Thinking, Systems thinking
Values
Curiosity, Global Leadership, Mindfulness, Optimism, Resilience
Methods
Brain-Based Learning, Multi-Disciplinary, Multiple Intelligences, Project-Based Learning, Real-World Application, Technology Integration
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