Implementation of ‘Take Aim at Climate Change’ (SOI-RO-141)

The Great Blue Spring of the Lower Geyser basin, Yellowstone National Park. Colour lithograph

My name is Matei Dan and I am involved in the Romanian User Group of Europeana DSI-4. As a Geography teacher, I have chosen a teaching scenario that can be integrated within the curricular area “People and Society”. According to the National Curriculum of the Geography of Romania, this topic is suitable for students from 5th to 8th grade (11-15 years old). I have chosen to implement Take Aim at Climate Change because climate change is an inevitable and urgent global challenge with long-term implications for the sustainable development of all countries.

Context

I implemented this scenario with students of the last class of our secondary school (14 – 15 years old). They already had some knowledge of climate change, in different subjects, some online resources, books, magazines and newspapers. The group consists of 12 students. The learning scenario is intended for five lessons but it is possible to use it during two lessons of 50 minutes each.

Steps

As an introduction to the topic, the students watched a video about Deforestation in Bolivia and Climate adapt in Romania.

Then the students were divided into three groups. They were enthusiastic at the idea of working in groups and having the possibility of sharing their knowledge about climate change. They had to choose to talk about the climate of one continent and also about some significant effects of climate change that the continent is suffering now.

During the next activity, one group created online photo cards, presentations and explained the effects of extreme weather conditions causing climate change, the greenhouse effect and the temperature change of Earth. Another group wrote a letter or report on the issue (to the responsible headteacher) about environmental issues in Romania. The last group converted links from Europeana to hang on bulletin boards about the environment and built a rain gauge.

Reflection

All the lesson objectives have been met, the students learnt to use the Europeana resources and to search for information about the indicated topic. They improved their teamwork, on-line research skills and language skills. As a teacher, I believe that Europeana resources are great support for integrated teaching.

How to build a rain gauge

We will use the graduated cylinder (using rain gauges built by the students) to measure the amount of rainwater collected in a container.

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