Climate change

“Education is not preparation for life, but Education is Life” (John Dewey). We will learn how dwellers on the Earth, coexist with the environment. Teach our students to live in a way so that our actions have a deep positive impact on the environment. We need to protect the Earth for future generations. 

You and your students will:

Follow a daily topic of study and monthly theme 

Investigate various environmental topics 

Complete checkpoint activities and use rubrics to evaluate engagement

Extend the monthly topic into various activities of daily living.

Topic schedule:

  1. Climate – What is the difference between climate and weather? What is climate?  How does it affect living things? What is atmosphere? How are human activities causing the atmosphere to warmWhat can we do to conserve energy? What are some of the evidence that the atmosphere is changing? What is your carbon footprint? How can we reduce our carbon footprint?
  2. Fresh water & Food – How are climate changes affecting our food and water? Why is conservation of water essential? How do we conserve water in our daily lives?Where does our food come from? How is our food supply dependent on our ecosystem? What is agriculture? Why is water and food essential for living things?
  3. Wildlife – What are some of the ways climate change is affecting animals? How are droughts and floods affecting wildlife? How can we help preserve animal habitats? Why do we need to protect endangered species? What is wildlife conservation?
  4. Forest – How has climate change affected our Forests? Why is Forest conservation essential? How can we help protect animal habitats? What is deforestation? How is deforestation impacting our environment? 
  5. Ocean – Why is the ocean so important to Earth’s climate How do scientist study the ocean’s ecosystem? How is changing conditions affect marine ecosystem? What can we do to help the ocean marine life? How can we keep our ocean clean? 
  6. Review and culminating activity – What are some of the lessons and activities that your students will be participating in? Make sure to cover all four contents areas;Math, ELA, Social Studies, and Science. How will your students express what they have learned?

Daily focus: We will spend 2 months on each topic following the daily schedule as follows- 

Monday- introduction to topic

Tuesday- research the topic

Wednesday- experiment/explore

Thursday – conclusion /connection

Friday – Wellness/self care

I am working as an art and music teacher in the public school system of New York City Department of Education. A universal design curriculum without differentiated materials is not enough when instruction time is being lost in front of issues. Every student deserve appropriate public education. What may be appropriate to one learner may not be appropriate for the other.

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