You can use these copyright-free activities to engage your elementary students on the topic of climate change.
The Blanket Activity (how global warming happens): Grades 4-6
This fun and interactive activity teaches your students how global warming actually works. Pick a volunteer to act as “The Earth,” and use blankets to act as “greenhouse gases.” Pass out and read (as a class) conversation cards that include greenhouse gas emitting situations/actions and wrap your brave student volunteer in blankets to give a live demonstration of how increased greenhouse gases in the atmosphere are “warming” the earth.
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Energy Investigation Activity: Grades 4-6
For this activity, students will investigate their school environment to identify ways of saving energy. You can print off one copy of this activity sheet for each student, or for a small group of students. The students will use the activity sheet to act as “energy detectives,” answering questions to discover where and how energy is being used. After giving students a chance to be “energy detectives” around your classroom (or beyond), use the results of their investigation to have a class discussion about how you can reduce energy at school.
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Zinglezubs Poem: Grades P/K-6
This rhyming poem is a fun way to engage young students about energy conservation. Suggested use:
Grades P/K-3 – Have students listen to the poem out loud. Follow up by asking age appropriate questions about the actions that take place in the poem and the reasoning and purpose for these activities (i.e. turning lights off).
Grades 4-6 – Have students listen to the poem and assign parts of the poem to small groups of students. Give the groups time to work together in order to plan how they will act out their piece of the poem for the rest of the class. Have the groups present/act out their section of the poem. Follow up with a class discussion about the activities that take place in the poem and the importance behind them. Students can also act this poem out during a school-wide assembly.
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