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A number of guides to teaching students about global warming—from the serious facts to fun ways to learn them—can be found on the Internet. Here are just a few:

Meet your weather forecasterThe Union of Concerned Scientists, a nonprofit advocacy group, produces several resources for educators, including a map and teaching guide called “Global Warming: Early Warning Signs,” which includes discussion topics and activities. Among the suggestions: Invite a local weathercaster to talk about his or her job and present historical weather data. Visit: warming/science/global-warming-materials-for-educators.html

Cast your student as a car

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The Environmental Protection Agency Web site has a page devoted to the basic facts of climate change. It also offers a downloadable “Climate Change, Wildlife, and Wildlands Toolkit” that includes case studies, suggested experiments, and a science skit for students to act out the effects of greenhouse-gas emissions. Among the roles: the Earth, cars, and the sun. Go to: wycd/ORWKit.html

Visit Professor Polar Bear

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Atmospheric Radiation Measurement Program has loads of stuff for students and teachers. Among the highlights: information on acid rain and global warming and a presentation called “The Thermodynamics of Pizza.” In “Just for Fun,” teachers can download science-themed crossword puzzles, mazes, and coloring pages. Professor Polar Bear’s page includes information about his home and how he is affected by climate change. Go to:

Vol. 18, Issue 05, Page 16

Published in Print: March 1, 2007, as Online Activities
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