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Author

NYSDEC Environmental Education

Grades

3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th

Subjects

Science, Earth and Space Sciences

Resource Type

  • Artwork

Regional Focus

Global, North America, United States, USA - Northeast, New York

Format

PDF

What Can You Do About Climate Change?

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Synopsis
  • This infographic explores how kids can decrease their personal contributions to climate change and suggests tasks and substitutions to mitigate climate change.
  • Students will learn about more sustainable forms of transportation, ways to lower a home's energy usage, and how to reduce waste.
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • This resource is specific and concise.
  • The actionable items for students give them a sense of agency and purpose in the climate movement.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should be familiar with climate change and the greenhouse gas effect.
  • Students should understand how conventional power grids contribute to greenhouse gas emissions.

Differentiation

  • Teachers can use this illustration as a conceptual introduction to carbon sinks.
  • To assess prior knowledge, the teacher can ask the class questions about sustainability before showing this graphic.
  • Social studies students can discuss how public transportation access differs in some parts of the country and why this matters when thinking about sustainable transportation.
  • This graphic can spark a classroom discussion on walkable cities, the walkability of different cities around the country, and why the walkability of a city matters when thinking about urban planning and sustainable transportation.
  • Students can commit to and journal about trying one of the suggestions in the graphic.
Scientist Notes
This resource from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYDEC) provides a one-page full-color illustration of what students can do to help combat climate change. This resource provides ideas for what students may already be doing and additional ideas to implement. This resource is well-researched and is a great addition as a classroom thought activity or as classroom decor.
Standards

This resource addresses the listed standards. To fully meet standards, search for more related resources.

  • Science
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • 5-ESS3-1. Obtain and combine information about ways individual communities use science ideas to protect the Earth’s resources and environment.
      • MS-ESS3-3. Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.
  • English Language Arts
    • Reading: Informational Text (K-12)
      • RI.MF.4.6 Use evidence to show how graphics and visuals (e.g., illustrations, charts, graphs, diagrams, timelines, animations) support central ideas.
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