One grade learns about melting glaciers, growing deserts, and drying water sources. We play a game with students as frogs hopping around looking for water.
One grade gets to become penguins waddling around on ice shelves and swimming from Tierra del Fuego across the Straits of Magellan to Antarctica looking for krill to eat.
Climate Change is Elementary™ can provide your entire school with a picture of the clean and green future and guidelines on how to get there. It can serve as the first step to help the entire school and outside community take action toward sustainability. We reject the "gloom and doom" of the pessimists and assume that if we do what we know will work we will achieve a clean and green future.
After our day in the school the fund-raising component kicks in. Parents get discounts from local vendors for taking steps on their Family Sustainability Plans. As families take action their school gets rebates from local vendors to help the school go green too. Families will be connected via a closed social network for each classroom, where they can put up a profile to showcase achievement of their sustainability goals. Parents will be able to find vendors on our website to provide rebates to schools. Students can use links from our website to learn more details about how the climate is changing and what we can all do to slow down that change.
At Family Night we help the school form a Green Team or strengthen the existing Green Team. Finally everyone takes a pledge to abide by their Family Sustainability Checklist, and we put the kids in charge of their lists.
That same evening we hold Family Night. Kids and parents quickly review the day's work. We look at colorful and inspiring slides and short videos about the clean and green future and how we are going to get there. Then kids and parents sit together to work their way down their Family Sustainability Checklist of all the things they promise to do before their kids graduate from high school.
At the end of the day we hold an all-school assembly where we get to look at every piece of the Climate Change puzzle. We learn about the carbon cycle and how it took so long for all that carbon to get into the ground and how quickly we are putting it back up in the atmosphere. We see colorful and exciting slides about the clean and green future and how we are going to get there - things families can do at home, things that the community can do and things that will be happening in the larger society. Students rush home bursting with enthusiasm, convinced that it is important to bring their parents back to school for the evening program.
One grade becomes puffins on an island in the bright blue sea, swimming off in search of delicious fishes that are becoming depleted in number and are moving far away due to the warming ocean.
One grade becomes a farm family raising the ingredients for a loaf of bread in pre-industrial days, and then they become a farm business engaged in industrial agriculture.
One grade learns about the web of life and plays a game where they become trees and animals in the tropical rainforest.
One grade gets to become polar bears looking for ice floes in a warming Arctic Ocean. The ice floes shrink and the polar bears have to huddle together on smaller and smaller surfaces.
One grade gets to become hurricanes whirling across the Atlantic from Africa to the Americas studying quantity, intensity and duration in 1985, 1995 and 2005.
One grade learns that scientists change their minds. They become dinosaurs and experience continental drift. They learn about the discovery of microorganisms with microscopes and galaxies with telescopes.
Students come to the gym or cafeteria one grade level at a time. Every grade experiences a piece of the climate change puzzle through music, activities, slides and short video clips. We have separate age appropriate activities for every grade from K-8. Here are some examples:
Teachers meet the Presenter briefly before school to go over the schedule and expected outcomes of the day.