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- How does climate work? The science of weather and climate can be abstract for students and daunting for teachers, but not with this bundle filled with experiential learning activities that engage learners inquiry! Experiential learning brings real-world, hands-on, inquiry-based, student-centered leaPrice $16.40Original Price $20.50Save $4.10
- Are you teaching high school climate change this year and are looking for a full climate change unit or course that is scientifically based? Are you looking for lesson plans for climate change that are hands-on, real-world, and inquiry-based? Are you hoping to teach an entire high school climate chaPrice $53.10Original Price $59.00Save $5.90
This bundle is a great opener to a larger unit on the science of climate change, which focuses specifically on NGSS ESS2-4 - Use a model to describe how variations in the flow of energy into and out of the Earth’s systems results in changes in climate.
This bundle includes two student-directed resources on the solar energy budget as it relates to climate change. Students will start with an open inquiry science investigation on student-developed questions about the energy budget. Learners will demonstrate their understanding of the energy budget with a Maker PBL Challenge where students are asked to create a digital simulation of the energy budget and share it with an authentic audience.
Age group: Open inquiry in theory is appropriate for all ages because it is personalized. Students ask their own questions and design their own investigations. The creation of a digital simulation is also possible for students of all ages, however, the guiding materials included in these two activities are geared more toward high school students as far as language and format are concerned. Having some experience with inquiry-based learning and experimental design is helpful but not mandatory. You are there to help guide them through this activity, as are the guiding materials included in this resource.
Materials and prep: The inquiry activity will require gathering materials (material suggestions offered in this resource are likely readily available to you) and setting up the lab. The second activity requires very little prep if any. The creation of a digital energy budget simulation is entirely child-led. The only materials required are a computer and the internet. Some software programs might be helpful but are not required.
Each resource in this bundle includes a digital Google Slides version. The resources are not editable at this time.
Energy budget inquiry investigation:
1. Teacher guide - implementation guide, discussion questions, materials options, etc
2. Brainstorming activity
3. Investigation planner guide/organizer
4. Reflection guide
Energy Budget Digital Simulation Maker Challenge
1. Teacher guide
2. Student guide
- Exploration and brainstorming guide sheet
- Prototype template
- Reflection questions
Related Experiential Science Resources:
- Project-Based Learning Climate Change Mini-Bundle
- PBL/Design Thinking Challenge: Design a Pollinator Garden
Free Resources from Experiential Learning Depot:
- Experiential Learning Tools Mini-Bundle: Includes implementation spreadsheets for both activity types included in this energy budget resource along with an experiential learning activity mind map.
Helpful Blog Posts:
- What is Experiential Science and How do I Apply it in My Classroom?
- Climate and Weather Experiential Learning Activity Ideas for All Ages
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