March 2012 Archives

Educating Children about Global Climate Change

A quick assemblage of resources for children and teens

...News about teaching kids about global climate change...

Posting in MotherJones.

http://motherjones.com/environment/2012/03/teaching-kids-climate-change


...Specific sites and videos for kids ....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KXLCuH83_xg Build-A-Bear Global warming is real 1/3

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r76gzTTZ5SM Build-A-Bear  2 of 3

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nSwf6c5YQ4s  Build-A-Bear Under North Star 3/ 3

http://youtu.be/2UOCmMYINkI   Spongebob Squarepants and global warming

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GBQ8-zEcE9w   Enthusiastic animation


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http://youtu.be/FXntPfWi8H0  light fantasy

http://youtu.be/dP-tg4atr5M  simple computer voice


....Children's Books....

The Glaciers are Melting

http://www.sylvandellpublishing.com/BookPDFs-Previews/Glaciers-Preview.pdf


The Magic School Bus And The Climate Challenge  by Joanna Cole and Bruce Degen

http://www.amazon.com/The-Magic-School-Climate-Challenge/dp/0590108263/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1331364856&sr=1-4


The Polar Bears' Home: A Story About Global Warming (Little Green Books) by Lara Bergen and Vincent Nguyen

http://www.amazon.com/The-Polar-Bears-Home-Warming/dp/1416967877/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1331364856&sr=1-1by Gary Braasch and Lynne Cherry


How We Know What We Know about Our Changing Climate: Scientists and Kids Explore Global Warming

http://www.amazon.com/Know-What-about-Changing-Climate/dp/1584691301/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1331364856&sr=1-2


Why Are the Ice Caps Melting?: The Dangers of Global Warming (Let's-Read-and-Find... Science 2) by Anne Rockwell and Paul Meisel

http://www.amazon.com/Why-Caps-Melting-Lets-Read---Find-Out/dp/0060546719/ref=sr_1_12?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1331364856&sr=1-12


What are Global Warming and Climate Change?: Answers for Young Readers (Worlds of Wonder)

http://www.amazon.com/What-Global-Warming-Climate-Change/dp/0826347452/ref=sr_1_15?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1331365197&sr=1-15


....Youth and teens....

Climate 101 Bill Nye the Science Guy says it in 4 mins.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=3v-w8Cyfoq8


NPR's Robert Krulwich and Odd Todd in this superb 5 part animated cartoon series

on the atom at the heart of global warming: carbon

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ypbb9Zi5Tao

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cOJ3MUpDrfI

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q9u8vM8YjeU

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EvphJO8VKlc

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M0D5YHVMk8A


...Youth Activism...

Teen ager Alec Loorz, Kids-vs-Global-Warming.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hx7kJf4Uo1U

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VYqk0xW80e8


Youth Activists Unite! Empowering you to lead the Green Revolution

http://kids-vs-global-warming.com/Home.html


Youth leaders from the movement to stop global warming and to build a more just and sustainable future

http://itsgettinghotinhere.org/


Youths involved in global climate change activism & the UNFCCC negotiation process use online media as their key communication and organisation tool.

http://youthclimate.org/  and  https://www.facebook.com/youthclimate.org


World Kids News December 2010 bulletin:  Climate Change at COP 16 in Mexico

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z22I_rLh-H4


Ben & Jerry's Climate Change College - illustrates the impacts of global warming in the Arctic and encourages young people to enroll in the college.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qdFU5FZ5P4M


....Lists of other Resources....  

US Geological Survey - Science for a changing world

USGS Science Resources for Primary Grades (K-6)

http://education.usgs.gov/primary.html

USGS Educational Resources for Secondary Grades (7-12)

http://education.usgs.gov/secondary.html

USGS Science Resources for Undergraduate Education

http://education.usgs.gov/undergraduate.html


....Parents and facilitators guides....

How to Teach Your Children About Climate Change -- Without Scaring Them

http://www.onearth.org/blog/how-to-teach-your-children-about-climate-change-without-scaring-them

DVD:  Simon Says "Let's Stop Climate Change!"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tod62DS0E68

 

Video: Talking to your kids about Climate Change:

1. Be Honest

2. Actions Speak Louder then Words

3.. Don't be Afraid

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CYppagkRiqo


Kids to Feds: See You In Court

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gB0hkRAwccg


Emergencies and children all purpose site from the Red Cross
http://www.redcross.org/www-files/Documents/pdf/education/quickstartguide.pdf


....Teachers curricula....

http://hdgc.epp.cmu.edu/teachersguide/teachersguide.htm

Teachers' Guide to High Quality Educational Materials on Climate Change and Global Warming


http://cleanet.org/clean/literacy/index.html


http://www.climatechangeeducation.org/

Portal Web Site Dedicated to: Global Warming Education

Climate Change Science Education

Science, Solutions

Directory of Vetted Resources & Programs


Red Cross emergency worker training

http://www.redcross.org/disaster/masters/


....Scholarly papers....

http://www.ijese.com/IJESE_v4n2_Taylor.pdf

Climate of Concern - A Search for Effective Strategies for Teaching Children about Global Warming

Taber & Taylor

This study was also concerned with the 'worry factor' that children identified and it appeared that while more children felt they could have a positive influence over global warming by the conclusion of the study, participants also stated that increased awareness had resulted in increased concern. However, this need not be viewed as a negative. Increased concern, when tempered with good knowledge levels and a belief that change is possible, may lead to high levels of motivation. Jensen and Schnack (1997) argue that even before teaching intervention children may already be worried, so explicit teaching about this issue may actually bring these concerns out into the open where they can be dealt with constructively. Furthermore, teaching environmental education with an action component as recommended by Jensen (2002), can help give students a sense of empowerment and reduce feelings of paralysis, but this often requires a supportive school community, a suitable project and sufficient time for students to see the results of their work.  Similarly, attitude is likely to be highly influenced by factors such as peers, media and family. Any change in attitude or behaviour was self-reported and unsubstantiated and as such, must remain an indication only. However, it can be argued that an increased understanding about the issue of global warming can allow children to make more informed choices, especially within the ever growing field of 'green consumerism'. Even at the age of 11 or 12, children are consumers and as Strong (1998) discovered, they hold considerable influence over what their parents purchase. It is possible that the knowledge gained during this study may allow children to participate constructively in decisions that may affect their families' ecological footprint.

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