This Week in ACT: Climate Change

Climate change posters made by the students to recap what they learned this week.

Climate change posters made by the students to recap what they learned this week.

Transportation dice were used to model carbon emissions in Carbon Die-Oxide.

Transportation dice were used to model carbon emissions in Carbon Die-Oxide.

This week ACT teachers spent some time with the 5th graders at Sultana Elementary School talking about climate change. Through a series of games, lectures, discussions, videos and poster-making projects, ACT teachers worked with the students to talk about what exactly climate change is, what causes it, and what some of its consequences are. 

One of the highlights from this week's lesson was the game Carbon Die-Oxide, which introduced our students to the idea of transportation emissions. In the game, students were asked to roll a die with different modes of transportation, and would either receive or be asked to pay "energy points" depending on how much fuel each of the modes of transportation required. For example, if the die landed on "walking," the student would receive 3 energy points, but it the die landed on "driving a car," the student would have to pay 1 energy point. In addition to being a fun activity, Carbon Die-Oxide provided us with a great platform for then delving into a discussion about various anthropogenic causes of climate change. Our students recapped what they learned through these discussions on their climate change posters.

Overall, our first week in the classroom with these Students was very successful, and we're excited for what the rest of the semester has in store!