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ACE

Grades

6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Subjects

Science, Social Studies, Earth and Space Sciences

Resource Types

  • Videos, 1 minute, 40 seconds, CC
  • Activity - Classroom

Regional Focus

Global, North America, United States

Format

Google Docs, PDF, YouTube Video

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Synopsis
  • The last chapter of the Our Climate Our Future series features a video and two student activities.
  • The video empowers students to take climate action and features a short story about two wolves. It is important to note that ACE does not credit the origins of the story, which are rooted in the traditions of the Cherokee and Lenape Nations.
  • The first accompanying activity is an idle-free schools campaign and the second activity is a climate summit.

Teaching Tips

Positives

  • The follow-up activities provide detailed steps and general guidance for the students to take action. 

Additional Prerequisites

  • Teachers need to make a free account to access the materials.
  • The "Idle-Free Schools Campaign" has direct steps for students to take action whereas the "Climate Summit" has more fluidity and student choice.
  • The "Climate Summit" will allow the students to truly work together to make decisions on topics in their "Climate Summit," but may take a lot more time and organization.

Differentiation

  • Consider using this in an after-school program.
  • Other resources about climate change solutions include this table of solutions by Project Drawdown, this video about making it happen, this video about the climate impacts of food waste, and this video about the importance of nature in solving climate change.  
  • For the "Idle-Free Schools Campaign," a student could have an accompanying simplified worksheet with the following questions:
    • What is the impact of idling on climate change?
    • How much idling is happening at school?
    • What is the goal for reducing idling?
    • What is the timeline?
    • What is the outreach plan?
    • Who is doing what?
    • What is the plan for getting approval from the administration?
Scientist Notes

The resource illustrates an opportunity for students to take climate action and show love and care for our planet Earth. There is no contradiction and this resource is recommended for teaching.

Standards
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 4: Taking Informed Action
      • D4.7.6-8 Assess their individual and collective capacities to take action to address local, regional, and global problems, taking into account a range of possible levers of power, strategies, and potential outcomes.
      • D4.7.9-12 Assess options for individual and collective action to address local, regional, and global problems by engaging in self-reflection, strategy identification, and complex causal reasoning.
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