Assess the costs and benefits of technologies that reduce heat loss or heat-related impacts on the environment.
Identify common sources of greenhouse gases (e.g., carbon dioxide comes from plant and animal respiration and the burning of fossil fuels; methane comes from wetlands, grazing livestock, termites, fossil fuel extraction, and landfills; nitrous oxide comes from soils and nitrogen fertilizers), and describe ways of reducing emissions of these gases.
Learning Objectives/Big Idea
Learning Objective: Understanding the effects of heat on the Earth. For example, the greenhouse effect and global warming.
Big Idea: Understand how I can be aware of, and reduce, greenhouse gases and my carbon footprint.
Binogi Related Resources
Greenhouse effect, greenhouse gasses, carbon dioxide, methane, chlorofluorocarbons, acid rain, particle theory, fossil fuels, carbon footprint.
The Glossary Sheets to the left include terms from Binogi’s Greenhouse Gases Video in English and other languages.
Activity: Minds ON
Use information on greenhouse gases from NASA and create Kahoot questions before the class.
- Play Kahoot with students.
Have students guess what “carbon footprint” means, then explain.
Each student calculates their own carbon footprint (available in different languages). Have students make notes of their results.
Interactive Game - English/Arabic
Interactive Game - English/Urdu
Interactive Games - English/Mandarin
Language Friendly Pedagogy
Ask students whether they can add new vocabulary to their Concept Detective. You may print this or make a copy for each student on programs like Google Classroom. Students will be encouraged to use this document each class to identify new words, consider writing meaning or finding meanings with the help of peers, teachers and/ or parents.
Examples of concepts to add for this unit include:
- Global warming
- Carbon dioxide, methane, chlorofluorocarbons, acid rain
- Particle theory
- Fossil fuels
- Carbon footprint
Parent and Community Connection
Students can explore with their parents the Grade 7 and ON Grades 1-8 Glossaries in English and in their own language (see Glossary Sheets below).
The goal is to consolidate the students’ learning as well as increase parental involvement and raise awareness of what they are learning in school.