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Activities about Climate Change

All available activities and resources on this site are listed here, together with summary descriptions and suggested curriculum links. Clicking on a link will open the resource in a new window.

They are grouped together in the following categories:

 

Activity

Description

National Curriculum Links

Other Related Resources

Climate Change

     

Effects of Climate Change

The map also links to further information on several countries:

Bangladesh

Kenya

Nepal

Peru

Sri Lanka

Sudan

UK

USA

Zimbabwe

A world map presentation (that can be used on an interactive white board) that allows the selection of key locations to access information about the impact of the local climate, projects that are helping to combat difficulties, and personal stories from the community.

Geography – enquiry skills

comparing climate activity, and climate change card games (teacher's notes available).

Provides opportunity for discussion about the diversity of the world’s climate and the challenges that many communities are faced with.

Climate Change Card Games

Colourful playing cards to download. Can be the basis for a range of games and fact finding activities.

Teacher's Notes and Cards required

English - reading, speaking and listening, Geography - Enquiry skills

effects of climate change presentation.

Measuring the Weather

Instructions for the making of a series of simple instruments to carry out weather recordings.

Design technology, Geography – knowledge and understanding of pattern and processes, Science – enquiry

does the weather forecast get it right?

Comparing Climate

To understand that different areas of the world have different weather, two sets of weather data (Bangladesh and the UK) are supplied to compare the normal annual patterns. This is also an opportunity to discuss the differences between life in two global locations.

Maths-processing and interpreting data Geography- knowledge and understanding of places, ICT – interpretation of graphs and data handling

measuring the weather

Does the weather forecast get it right?

Children study weather forecasts and compare to the resulting weather to ascertain how accurate the forecast is. This can provide an introduction to the difficulties faced with the prediction of global warming and the many elements involved.

Geography – knowledge and understanding of pattern and processes, Science – enquiry, English- non fiction and non literary texts, Maths

measuring the weather

Is our climate changing?

By interviewing older friends and relatives children can find out about recent changes to weather patterns.

Literacy – ask relevant questions, extend and follow up ideas, Geography – collect and record evidence, Historical enquiry and Maths.

what is carbon dioxide?

Carbon Dioxide

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What is carbon dioxide?

Simple demonstrations that show the presence of carbon dioxide gas and some of its properties.

Science – Observing and explaining and Changing materials

sources of carbon dioxide presentation How cars make carbon dioxide? presentation and food miles, food miles spread sheet and teacher’s notes

Greenhouse effect animation

This allows you to download the animation for use with a classroom data projector/interactive whiteboard

 

 

Sources of carbon dioxide

Presentation for interactive white board illustrating where carbon dioxide comes from.

 

what is carbon dioxide?

How cars make carbon dioxide

Presentation for interactive white board about making motor fuel from oil

 

sources of carbon dioxide, presentation What is carbon dioxide? presentation and food miles, food miles spread sheet and teacher’s notes

Carbon calculator page

An activity that calculates annual carbon dioxide production for individual cases

 

sources of carbon dioxide , food miles and food miles spread sheet, andcarbon calculator spread sheet

Carbon calculator spreadsheet

MS Excel based carbon calculator that can be used off-line with the carbon calculator activity

ICT – use simulations and explore models

sources of carbon dioxide , food miles and food miles spread sheet, andcarbon calculator page

Food Choices

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Where do Bananas come from?

 

An activity that tracks the issues associated with the supply of bananas to the UK . You will need:

Teacher's Notes, Table, Cards, and you may wish to use the Pupil Worksheet

Science – use a range of environmental contexts

Geography – study a range of environments and understand how they are interdependent

where do your tomatoes come from? food miles and food miles spread sheet, food labels survey and food map presentation

Where do your Tomatoes come from?

An activity that compares the impact of UK-grown and imported tomatoes. You will need:

Teacher's Notes, Tables (2), Cards, and the Pupil Worksheet

Science – use a range of environmental contexts

Geography – study a range of environments and understand how they are interdependent

Where do Bananas come from?, food miles and food miles spread sheet, food labels survey and food map presentation

Food labels survey

An activity that uses a collection of food labels to Find out where food comes from and considers the implications of this on the environment

Geography- to recognise how places fit within a wider geographical context and PSHE–recognise that choices affect individuals, communities and the sustainability of the environment.

food miles and food miles spread sheet, food miles, food miles spread sheet and teacher’s notes, and food map presentation, bananas from farm to kitchen and where do your tomatoes come from?

Food Map Presentation

Interactive PowerPoint 'quiz' version of world food map for use on interactive white board. Involves children in thinking about the possible sources of the foods that they eat.

Geography – knowledge and understanding of places.

food miles and food miles spread sheet, food labels survey and food map presentation, bananas from farm to kitchen and where do your tomatoes come from?

From Source to Sale

Teachers notes

Presentation for whiteboards that explains the environmental impact of food production, processing and transport. It outlines different food sources and how choices can help reduce carbon dioxide emissions and describes the benefits of growing your own food and choosing local or fair trade foods with reduced packaging.

Geography- to recognise how some processes can cause changes in places and environments and PSHE–recognise that choices affect individuals, communities and the sustainability of the environment. Also links to sustainable schools

food miles and food miles spread sheet, carbon calculator, food choices and food map presentation

Feeding my Family

Teachers notes

Presentation for whiteboard use that examines how climate change will impact upon the crops that can be grown locally and the need for diversity to ensure that local farming can continue to supply food. This activity can be used to promote debate and discussion on the issues surrounding climate change and how it will impact on poorer nations.

Geography – knowledge and understanding of environmental change. PSHE–recognise that choices affect individuals, communities and the sustainability of the environment.

food stories

Looking at food miles and

MS Excel® spreadsheet for activity

An activity in which children use a pre-written spreadsheet to find the total food miles for some different meal choices. The spreadsheet gives values of food miles for a range of different foods and allows children to select a meal and have the food miles calculated for their selection. Values are estimates and meant purely to illustrate the types of distances that foods or ingredients can travel.

Science – the importance of an adequate and varied diet, ICT – use simulations and explore models

food miles and food miles spread sheet, carbon calculator, food choices, where do foods come from? and food stories.

Food Choices

Using the information cards children work in small groups to prepare a short presentation in support of a particular food choice.

English – Group discussion and interaction PSHE–recognise that choices affect individuals, communities and the sustainability of the environment and ICT exchanging and sharing information

food miles and food miles spread sheet, carbon calculator, food choices, where do foods come from? food labels survey , bananas from farm to kitchen, where do your tomatoes come from? and food stories.

Using Water

Water Use Calculator

In this activity pupils work out how much water they, or a fictitious family, use each day.

Activity can be done with or without the MS Excel Water Use Calculator

Numeracy – choose suitable number operations to solve a given problem – decide how best to organise and present findings – draw inferences from data in practical activities ICT – use a spreadsheet to organise data and draw graphs

Water Use Calculation and theCase Study video clip Drought in Kenya

Case Studies

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Hydro-Power in Kenya CS

A video clip showing how a small hydro-electric generator has been installed in a village in Kenya

 

 

Drought in Kenya CS

The impact of drought in Kenya is described in this video clip

 

Using Water activity, with Water Use Ccalculator

Gravity Ropeways in Nepal

Teachers' notes: Climate Change in Nepal

Presentation about the climate changes being experienced in Nepal , and an appropriate technology solution to food transport

 

 

Potatoes in Peru

Presentation about growing traditional, hardy varieties of potato in the mountains of Peru

 

 

Seed Fairs in Kenya

Teachers' notes: Seed Fairs in Kenya

Presentation explaining why seed diversity is important in areas of climate change

 

 

Floating Gardens

Teachers' notes: Floating Gardens

Presentation explaining the development of floating vegetable gardens and other solutions in areas prone to flooding

 

 

Food stories

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A food market in Kenya

This clip uses interviews to show the sort of food that is on sale at a Kenyan market

 

 

Jemima’s food

9 year-old Jemima describes the food they eat and how they cook where she lives in Kenya

 

 

Thinking about Food

Teacher's Notes

Questions to accompany the food story clips    
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