Investigative books on climate and energy for the classroom

Submitted by Erin Twamley

2016-02-17 01:21:00

Are you looking for ways to integrate energy and climate change in your classroom? Author Erin Twamley invites you to use real scientific studies and hands-on activities to explore the science concepts. Two new books written at the middle school level, Climate Change Discover How It Impacts Spaceship Earth and Renewable Energy: Discover the Fuel of the Future will take your classes on investigative journeys of climate and energy. Email to review the books and get a free copy.

From examining planetary science, Arctic ice bubbles, and Earth's inner core, to the water and carbon cycles, an exploration of Earth's history unfolds. Aimed at engaging readers ages 9 to 12 the books use experiments to explore climate science and help students discover which renewable resources are the best choices for different uses. Toss in a look at our human impact, from the Industrial Revolution to our modern-day technology like solar panels and wind turbines, and you have kids interested.

Key features of the books include the following:
They mesh with "A Framework for K–12 Science Education" in "Next Generation Science Standards: For States, By States", 2013,
for elementary and middle school grades, and they integrate fully with STEM across all grade levels.
They use clear and engaging illustrations to help students with literacy.
With hands-on, 'scaffolded' projects, kids learn about climate science, exploring the power of the sun, planetary science, Arctic ice bubbles, the carbon cycle, and more. These projects build a fundamental understanding of the science and the nature of climate change.

The author believes kids love to learn science about their bodies. So the Burps, Farts, and Greenhouse Gasses section of Climate Change Discover How It Impacts Spaceship Earth connects our atmospheric gasses to what happens in our bodies. In related activities kids can explore and even see how mixtures of gases can impact our planet.

We all need water, from our plants to animals to the food we grow. It is one of the most important resources on our Earth. Understanding the role of water in our lives, how it can power. The Planet Blue section of Climate Change Discover How It Impacts Spaceship Earth includes activities to learn about the water cycle, the force of water and how we can use it to make a clean planet.

The Digital Explorations section of Climate Change Discover How It Impacts Spaceship Earth takes the investigative learning online. From interactive games to quizzes and videos, children can take a deep dive into climate change.

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