- build their scientific literacy by using new topic-related vocabulary in a team setting
- share their understandings with the larger class
- using reference materials
- large pieces of paper
- encyclopedia and other reference materials
- Divide the students into teams and assign each team 5 or 6 letters of the alphabet.
Have teams write each letter clearly, one at a time, on paper. After each letter, ask students to write a concept or item that is related to climate change or to the environment. After the idea, concept or item, have students write a fact or piece of information they have learned from the news, reference materials, or the Climate Change exhibition.
- A—atmosphere. Earth's atmosphere consists primarily of oxygen (about 21%) and nitrogen (about 78%). The remaining gases include small amounts of water vapor, carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, and other trace gases.
- F—fossil fuels. Every day we use fuels formed millions of years ago from the remains of plants and animals. Oil, coal, and natural gas are fossil fuels. Carbon dioxide is a byproduct from the burning of fossil fuels.
- After teams have completed their letters, have them present their "Environmental Alphabet" to the class and post them on the wall.
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This activity, created to complement the Museum's Climate Change exhibition, challenges students to dig deep to research environmental concepts.
- Working in small groups, students are assigned a set of letters to illustrate with climate change facts, ideas, or concepts.
- The activity ends with a classroom presentation of the letters, creating an environmental alphabet that can be posted for display.
Approximately 1 period