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Top 10 Reasons to Teach Climate Change. Delivered in May 2012 for teacher professional development workshop.

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  • Climate Change Education

    1. 1. Climate Change Education @CarolTang1 Director, Coalition for Science After SchoolMay 2012
    2. 2. http://ncseonline.org/program/Climate-Change-Education
    3. 3. http://ncse.com/climate
    4. 4. http://www.globalchange.gov/resources/educators/climate- literacy • The Sun is the primary source of energy for Earth’s climate system. • Climate is regulated by complex interactions among components of the Earth system. • Life on Earth depends on, is shaped by, and affects climate. • Climate varies over space and time through both natural and human processes. • Our understanding of the climate system is improved through observations, theoretical studies, and modeling. U.S. Global Change • Human activities are impacting the climate Research Program system. • Climate change will have consequences for the Earth system and human lives.
    5. 5. Top 10Reasons to Teach Climate Change Wikimedia Commons
    6. 6. Top 10Reasons to Teach Climate Change #10 Aligns to California math & science standards
    7. 7. Math standards• Data analysis• Statistics and probability• Graphs
    8. 8. CA History-Social Science “Climate” mentioned 10 times in 9 standards • 3rd grade: American Indians • 4th grade: California regions • 5th grade: American Indians + early settlers • 7th grade: Middle Age Islam + Medieval Europe + Meso-America • 8th grade: Industrial Revolution in America • 10th grade: World War I5
    9. 9. California State Science Standards6
    10. 10. California State Science Standards • Adopted in 1998 (print version 2003)6
    11. 11. California State Science Standards • Adopted in 1998 (print version 2003) • “Climate” is mentioned:6
    12. 12. California State Science Standards • Adopted in 1998 (print version 2003) • “Climate” is mentioned: • 7 times6
    13. 13. California State Science Standards • Adopted in 1998 (print version 2003) • “Climate” is mentioned: • 7 times • 3 standards6
    14. 14. Seventh Grade • Earth and Life History • 4. Evidence from rocks allows us to understand the evolution of life on Earth. As a basis for understanding this concept: • 4f. Students know how movements of Earth’s continental and oceanic plates through time, with associated changes in climate and geographic connections, have affected the past and present distribution of organisms.7
    15. 15. High school standards • Ecology 6. • Stability in an ecosystem is a balance between competing effects. As a basis for understanding this concept: • b. Students know how to analyze changes in an ecosystem resulting from changes in climate, human activity, introduction of nonnative species, or changes in population size.8
    16. 16. High school standards9
    17. 17. High school standards Energy in the Earth System9
    18. 18. High school standards Energy in the Earth System • 6a.Students know weather (in the short run) and climate (in the long run) involve the transfer of energy into and out of the atmosphere.9
    19. 19. High school standards Energy in the Earth System • 6a.Students know weather (in the short run) and climate (in the long run) involve the transfer of energy into and out of the atmosphere. • b. Students know the effects on climate of latitude, elevation, topography, and proximity to large bodies of water and cold or warm ocean currents.9
    20. 20. High school standards Energy in the Earth System • 6a.Students know weather (in the short run) and climate (in the long run) involve the transfer of energy into and out of the atmosphere. • b. Students know the effects on climate of latitude, elevation, topography, and proximity to large bodies of water and cold or warm ocean currents. • c. Students know how Earth’s climate has changed over time, corresponding to changes in Earth’s geography, atmospheric composition, and other factors, such as solar radiation and plate movement.9
    21. 21. High school standards Energy in the Earth System • 6a.Students know weather (in the short run) and climate (in the long run) involve the transfer of energy into and out of the atmosphere. • b. Students know the effects on climate of latitude, elevation, topography, and proximity to large bodies of water and cold or warm ocean currents. • c. Students know how Earth’s climate has changed over time, corresponding to changes in Earth’s geography, atmospheric composition, and other factors, such as solar radiation and plate movement. • d.Students know how computer models are used to predict the effects of the increase in greenhouse gases on climate for the planet as a whole and for specific regions.9
    22. 22. High school standards10
    23. 23. High school standards Climate NOT in Biogeochemical cycles10
    24. 24. High school standards Climate NOT in Biogeochemical cycles • b. Students know the global carbon cycle: the different physical and chemical forms of carbon in the atmosphere, oceans, biomass, fossil fuels, and the movement of carbon among these reservoirs.10
    25. 25. High school standards Climate NOT in Biogeochemical cycles • b. Students know the global carbon cycle: the different physical and chemical forms of carbon in the atmosphere, oceans, biomass, fossil fuels, and the movement of carbon among these reservoirs. • d. Students know the relative residence times and flow characteristics of carbon in and out of its different reservoirs.10
    26. 26. High school standards Climate NOT in Biogeochemical cycles • b. Students know the global carbon cycle: the different physical and chemical forms of carbon in the atmosphere, oceans, biomass, fossil fuels, and the movement of carbon among these reservoirs. • d. Students know the relative residence times and flow characteristics of carbon in and out of its different reservoirs. So climate and carbon NOT linked in Calif standards explicitly10
    27. 27. Top 10Reasons to Teach Climate Change
    28. 28. Top 10Reasons to Teach Climate Change#9 Aligns with Common Core stds
    29. 29. Common Core ELA Grades K-5Students Who are College and Career Ready inReading, Writing, Speaking, Listening, & Language
    30. 30. Common Core ELA K-5• They demonstrate independence.• They build strong content knowledge.• They respond to the varying demands of audience, task, purpose, and discipline.• They comprehend as well as critique.• They value evidence.• They use technology and digital media strategically and capably.• They come to understand other perspectives and cultures.
    31. 31. Common Core ELA K-5• They demonstrate independence.• They build strong content knowledge.• They respond to the varying demands of audience, task, purpose, and discipline.• They comprehend as well as critique.• They value evidence.• They use technology and digital media strategically and capably.• They come to understand other perspectives and cultures.
    32. 32. Common Core ELA Grades 6-8 Grades 9-10 Grades 11-12
    33. 33. ...students must learn to read, write, speak, listen,and use language effectively in a variety of contentareas......specify the literacy skills and understandingsrequired for college and career readiness in multipledisciplinesLiteracy standards for grade 6 and above arepredicated on teachers of ELA, history/socialstudies, science, and technical subjects using theircontent area expertise to help students meet theparticular challenges of reading, writing, speaking,listening, and language in their respective fields.
    34. 34. 42
    35. 35. 32
    36. 36. Assessment • Mixing up of environmental/health issues • Don’t smoke • Don’t litter • Don’t kill animals30
    37. 37. •October 2008 •3829 votes •$463.69 •Included $20 bill!43
    38. 38. Top 10Reasons to Teach Climate Change
    39. 39. Top 10Reasons to Teach Climate Change #8 Promotes 21st Century Skills
    40. 40. Top 10Reasons to Teach Climate Change #8 Promotes 21st Century Skills #7 Promotes Global Literacy
    41. 41. Top 10Reasons to Teach Climate Change #8 Promotes 21st Century Skills #7 Promotes Global Literacy
    42. 42. Top 10Reasons to Teach Climate Change #6 Students are more engaged in science learning if real-world examples are used
    43. 43. Top 10Reasons to Teach Climate Change #5 Ultimate inter-discplinary science #4 Illustrates process of science...and uncertainty Jim Maragos/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
    44. 44. http://undsci.berkeley.edu/
    45. 45. Top 10Reasons to Teach Climate Change #3 Some students don’t believe in CC
    46. 46. Top 10Reasons to Teach Climate Change #2 Parents care about their children
    47. 47. What are you doing to help solve the climate change crisis? • Recycling • Driving a hybrid • Investing in green-friendly companies • Not enough • Do not know26
    48. 48. What are you doing to help solve the climate change crisis? • Educating my children about a green- friendly lifestyle • Recycling • Driving a hybrid • Investing in green-friendly companies • Not enough • Do not know26
    49. 49. Parents cited their children as a top source of information regarding climate change38
    50. 50. • Children have “phase” where justice and fairness are important • Environmental education • Success of recycling programs37
    51. 51. Top 10 Reasons to Teach Climate Change #1 CC is happening now and we need solutionshttp://climate.nasa.gov/evidence/
    52. 52. Burundi: “When will aid come?”
    53. 53. Maldives
    54. 54. Top 10Reasons to Teach Climate Change
    55. 55. Top 10 Reasons to Teach Climate Change‣ #10 Aligns to CA science standards
    56. 56. Top 10 Reasons to Teach Climate Change‣ #10 Aligns to CA science standards‣ #9 Aligns to Common Core standards
    57. 57. Top 10 Reasons to Teach Climate Change‣ #10 Aligns to CA science standards‣ #9 Aligns to Common Core standards‣ #8 Provides 21st century skills
    58. 58. Top 10 Reasons to Teach Climate Change‣ #10 Aligns to CA science standards‣ #9 Aligns to Common Core standards‣ #8 Provides 21st century skills‣ #7 Provides global literacy
    59. 59. Top 10 Reasons to Teach Climate Change‣ #10 Aligns to CA science standards‣ #9 Aligns to Common Core standards‣ #8 Provides 21st century skills‣ #7 Provides global literacy‣ #6 Students are more engaged in science learning if real-world examples are used
    60. 60. Top 10 Reasons to Teach Climate Change‣ #10 Aligns to CA science standards‣ #9 Aligns to Common Core standards‣ #8 Provides 21st century skills‣ #7 Provides global literacy‣ #6 Students are more engaged in science learning if real-world examples are used
    61. 61. Top 10 Reasons to Teach Climate Change‣ #10 Aligns to CA science standards ‣ #5 Ultimate interdiscplinary science‣ #9 Aligns to Common Core standards‣ #8 Provides 21st century skills‣ #7 Provides global literacy‣ #6 Students are more engaged in science learning if real-world examples are used
    62. 62. Top 10 Reasons to Teach Climate Change‣ #10 Aligns to CA science standards ‣ #5 Ultimate interdiscplinary science‣ #9 Aligns to Common Core ‣ #4 Illustrates process of science standards‣ #8 Provides 21st century skills‣ #7 Provides global literacy‣ #6 Students are more engaged in science learning if real-world examples are used
    63. 63. Top 10 Reasons to Teach Climate Change‣ #10 Aligns to CA science standards ‣ #5 Ultimate interdiscplinary science‣ #9 Aligns to Common Core ‣ #4 Illustrates process of science standards ‣ #3 Some students don’t accept CC‣ #8 Provides 21st century skills‣ #7 Provides global literacy‣ #6 Students are more engaged in science learning if real-world examples are used
    64. 64. Top 10 Reasons to Teach Climate Change‣ #10 Aligns to CA science standards ‣ #5 Ultimate interdiscplinary science‣ #9 Aligns to Common Core ‣ #4 Illustrates process of science standards ‣ #3 Some students don’t accept CC‣ #8 Provides 21st century skills ‣ #2 Parents listen to their kids‣ #7 Provides global literacy‣ #6 Students are more engaged in science learning if real-world examples are used
    65. 65. Top 10 Reasons to Teach Climate Change‣ #10 Aligns to CA science standards ‣ #5 Ultimate interdiscplinary science‣ #9 Aligns to Common Core ‣ #4 Illustrates process of science standards ‣ #3 Some students don’t accept CC‣ #8 Provides 21st century skills ‣ #2 Parents listen to their kids‣ #7 Provides global literacy ‣ #1 CC is happening and we need‣ #6 Students are more engaged in solutions science learning if real-world examples are used
    66. 66. Climate Change Education @CarolTang1 LinkedIn http://www.slideshare.net/ScienceAfterSchool/climate- change-education http://fora.tv/speaker/9442/Dr_Carol_TangMay 2012

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