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What is Climate Change

Elementary, Middle


What is Climate Change is one of six 'big questions' students can investigate using the Climate Kids website. This lesson explains the science behind why our climate is changing and why it is important. Links to short readings, video descriptions, scientific data sets and images are used to provide evidence of our changing climate and help students understand key concepts including climate versus weather, the greenhouse effect, global warming and the role played by humans.

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The resource will support the teaching of climate change science basics with upper elementary students.   It will be of particular interest for those seeking a self-directed learning approach.

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Themes Addressed

  • Air, Atmosphere & Climate (1)

    • Climate Change