The Science of Climate Change & Climate Action

Project-Based Climate Literacy & Action

The Science of Climate Change & Climate Action

Climate literacy should be an essential part of every child’s learning. It is important and deeply pertinent to their life and the health of the planet. This project-based class has students investigate the science while they look at what they can do to make a difference. An important goal for this class is that students feel and how worked to be the change they want in the world. Students create their own personal action plans, write letters to policymakers, and create their own educational outreach materials. In addition to the science, history, current events, geography, and language arts will be woven throughout this course. Students will also work on the important skills of evaluating resources and writing lab reports.

This is project-based and incorporates and extends The Science of Climate Change: A Hands-On Course written by Blair Lee.

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Class Duration: Monday August 17th – October 19th

Class Size: 1-8 learners

Age Range: 10+

Total Price: $250

Climate literacy should be an essential part of every child’s learning. It is important and deeply pertinent to their life and the health of the planet. This project-based class has students investigate the science while they look at what they can do to make a difference. An important goal for this class is that students feel and how worked to be the change they want in the world. Students create their own personal action plans, write letters to policymakers, and create their own educational outreach materials. In addition to the science, history, current events, civics, and language arts will be woven throughout this course.

Syllabus – Climate Change & Climate Action

The weekly meetings will be a combination of a presentation about a topic and group sharing and discussion. Every week, we will also talk about and commit to one action we will each take that to combat climate change.

Week 1: Climate Change – The Truth in 30 & 1 action we will each take for the next 9 weeks to combat climate change

        • * At Home – pages 8 – 24 The Science of Climate Change
        • * Watch Video: What we can learn from Venus

Week 2: Recognizing Logical Fallacies: The 3% of “scientists” who deny the climate is changing, what they say & who they work for? Following the money.

        • * At Home – pages 25 – 42 The Science of Climate Change
        • * Learn about one person making a difference in the fight against climate change & prepare to share what they did/are doing and why it speaks to you

Week 3: Propose Project Ideas & Share about the person who is making a difference

        • * At Home – pages 43 – 58 The Science of Climate Change
        • * Learn about one legislative initiative designed to combat the climate crisis & prepare to share how it is designed to help and why it speaks to you in Week 5

Week 4: Take Time Off to Work on Project

        • * Gather the contact information of your state elected official, including the mayor where you live
        • * Industrial Revolution Documentary

Week 5: Letter Writing: either as a group or individually & Share about the legislative initiative

        • * Learn about a politician or state that is considered green & prepare to share what you learned

Week 6: Suing the United States Government – Juliana V Gov – What other kids are doing & share about the state or politician

        • * Social Media and the climate crisis research & prepare to share your favorite social media post, site, or meme

Week 7: Climate Propaganda – Activist art, videos, protest songs, slogans, & visual art regarding Climate Change – what do we think is most effective & Share the social media item(s)

        • *Create Your Own Art (if this is the focus of your project, you are already working on that) & prepare to share your original piece

Week 8: Geography and Greenness – what countries are doing the best job, how is it affecting their economies? & share your art

        • * Prepare to present what you have been working on
        • * Research and choose an environmental group you want to support that is working to mitigate climate change  – we will be voting on this

Week 9: Project Presentations & who do we donate to?

WEEK 10 has been added – Guest Speaker: Why Income Bracket Affects How Much Someone Is Affected by Climate Change

All course materials are included. There will be guided handouts to help students with their projects. Age appropriate articles and materials will be selected for each student.

$20/student of the class fee will be donated to an environmental group chosen by the students to highlight the support of non-profits as a form of action people can take.

We will meet live as a group on the following starting Monday August 17th, Every Monday from 11 – 12 PST. There will also be some opportunities to meet individually with the instructor as needed.

Materials: Lab supplies as listed in The Science of Climate Change: A Hands-On Course
Art Supplies &/or Engineering Supplies – if students choose an engineering project.
Papers, pencils Optional
Transportation for field trips Materials needed for project

To interact in class: Live sessions will be best experienced with a camera and microphone. Students will need a Zoom account (free), a Google Drive account (free), and a Discord account (free).

For assignments: Written work can be submitted through Microsoft Word or through Google Docs. If learners choose to create a multimodal final presentation, they can use whatever tools they’d like (for example PowerPoint, video editing software, etc.)

1 hour in-class and 2-4 hours outside of class. It depends on how much students get “into” working on this topic.
Basic math and reading skills.

Students will learn the science explaining the greenhouse effect, global warming, and climate change.
Students will work on the skill of evaluating and fact-checking science resources.
Students will work on actionable things they can do to bring about change.
Students will work on writing lab reports.
Students will work on reading skills and accessing information from non-fiction sources.
Students will work on their lab technique.
Students will work on art skills when we look at protest art.
Students will work on social action strategies.

The individual support is really the cornerstone of this class. While the core final project might be similar, what that looks like will be different for each person. The instructor will work with students to create their own goals and to give feedback and guidance that helps reach those individual goals. In this way, learners at different skill levels can all find challenge and success in the class.

Families and learners are welcome to share any information about their individual learning preferences and needs and instructor will make accommodations that are helpful to the class.

Assignments, Hand outs, Office Hours, Meeting with parents and students so everyone knows what to expect, scaffolding and mentoring students to develop their rubric for this course.

A primary goal with this project is to empower students to see what they can do to make a difference. Even so, we are in the middle of a climate crisis. The information about it can seem overwhelming.

Students can join the SEA Homeschoolers Climate Action Group to discuss what they are learning.

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