A week of activities about climate change for ages 9–11.
Climate change is one of the greatest challenges facing the world today. Teaching pupils about climate change can help them understand the causes and impact of our changing environment, and help children understand how they can make a difference.
These materials provide an overview of the causes and consequences of climate change, and help teachers to explore its impact on everyone, especially people in the developing world.
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Links to the New Zealand curriculum
Find out New Zealand curriculum links for English, Health and Physical Education, Maths and Statistics, Science, Social Sciences and Technology, for levels 2, 3 and 4.
Day 1: Gathering information about climate change
What is climate change? These 8 activities (split into morning and afternoon sessions) look at what climate change is, its causes, effects, and how our everyday activities contribute to it.
Day 2: The effects of climate change – past, present and future
The effects of climate change. These 7 units look at the effects of climate change in different countries, and the effects of climate change for the past, present and future.
Day 2: Effects of climate change presentation
Powerpoint presentation to accompany day two resource.
Day 3: Fossil fuels in our everyday lives and climate friendly lifestyles
Seven activities looking at when we use energy from fossil fuels and how we could use less, and the connection between climate change and lifestyle choices.
Day 4: Planning for action
Six activities looking at reducing energy use at school and at home.
Day 5: Spreading the message
4 activities focusing on communicating about climate change and reflecting on what has been learned.
Resources adapted from Climate Chaos written by Oxfam Great Britain, adapted for New Zealand by Camilla Carty-Melis.