The last unit of our science study this year is climate change. We're using a curriculum developed by Lauren (since she received extensive training this summer) and exploring the following questions:
What is climate and how is it different from weather?
What causes weather and what impact do the oceans have on weather?
What is the greenhouse effect? How does it affect our climate? What happens to energy from the sun that hits the Earth?
What is a greenhouse gas? What is fossil fuel? What is the carbon cycle?
Is the temperature rising on the earth? How do we know?
What are the impacts of global warming?
How much energy do we use? Where does it come from?
What actions can we take to slow global warming and climate change?
The pictures below document the kids designing and building greenhouses in preparation for an experiment to model the greenhouse effect.