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Part II: A Macro Plan for Climate Change
Science, Social Studies
Title – Environment Unit Part II:
A Macro Plan for Climate Change
By – Jay Kilby
Primary Subject – Social Studies
Secondary Subjects – Science
Grade Level – 11-12
- This is a four-part
- on climate change and the water pollution problem.
- Identify and explain realistic target reductions in carbon emissions set by climate scientists for avoiding disastrous effects from climate change by mid-century.
- Identify and explain options that could be implemented in order to achieve these target reductions.
- Explain what role government could play in stimulating innovations that could allow us to achieve these target reductions.
- Evaluate which options for achieving these target reductions are best and why.
- Approximately 2 Instructional Hours
- Analyzing complex concepts
- Critical thinking
- Formative Assessment:
- Students will work in groups to create and present a plan identifying which of several options will best allow us to meet realistic target goals for reducing carbon emissions by mid-century.
- Summative Assessment: Multiple choice test
- at end of unit.
- PowerPoint: Solutions to Climate Change
- Handout: 20 E.C.E. (a 2-page excerpt from Hot, Flat, and Crowded, by Thomas Friedman) Page 1 Page 2
- Handout: Stabilization Wedges: A Concept and Game (created by the Princeton University Environmental Institute)
- Additional copies of the Wedge Worksheet (1 page included within the above handout) for each group of 4-6 students in your class.
- cap and trade
- carbon tax
- energy efficiency
- carbon capture and storage
- renewable energy
- Students take notes on the first 3 slides of the PowerPoint: Solutions to Climate Change. Pass out handout: 20 E.C.E. (a 2-page excerpt from Hot, Flat, and Crowded, by Thomas Friedman). Have students read it and then discuss it with them briefly. Then show the remainder of the PowerPoint.
- Assist students with Wedges Worksheet homework assigned last class.
- Students take out handout that they have completed as homework: Stabilization Wedges: A Concept and Game (created by the Princeton University Environmental Institute). Divide them into groups of four to six in order to complete a common Wedge Worksheet.
- Groups present their plans to the class. Invite other students to comment on feasibility, costs, and challenges of each plan presented.
Big Picture Questions: What, according to climate scientists, are options that would enable us to avert disastrous consequences of climate change? Which of these options is best, and why? Main Points:
|According to climate scientists, significant innovations and changes in behavior will be needed in order to avert disastrous consequences of climate change, requiring us to make difficult choices.|
|Activity #1: PowerPoint||35 minutes|
|Activity #2: Stabilization Wedges||15 minutes|
|Activity #3: Wedge Worksheets||20 minutes|
|Activity #4: Presenting Plan||25 minutes|
- During the group activity, have IEP, ELL, and struggling students work with partners who can help them with these complex concepts.
- You may wish to give these students the option of completing and turning in their individual Wedge Worksheets for homework after the presentations so that they do not have to rely on the reading alone in order to complete the homework.
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