Hi Global Studies scholars! Great work today getting to your climate change mixer characters and teaching and learning from one another in class. Hopefully today's mixer introduced some new ideas and terms for the many complex ways climate change is affecting our physical systems.
- I can demonstrate an understanding of the connection between physical and human systems.
- I can communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
- I can identify how physical systems are threatened by climate change using specific examples from a role play.
- RAP: To open class, students worked on a set of brief Cornell notes about the specific physical systems of: land, water, climate/weather, plants/animals. The goal here is to provide students with some additional context about what exactly climate change is affecting by introducing them to basic earth science knowledge.
- Main Stage: For the bulk of class, students participated in a Climate Change Mixer. We pretended that we were all important climate change dignitaries who attended last year's Climate Action Forum. Students read their roles (click here to see the roles), created name tags, and then prepared for the role play by writing summaries of the 3-4 main points for their character. Then students spent their time meeting with one another, learning about their issues, and completing their mixer questions to help guide their learning.
- Closing: To wrap up what students learned from the mixer, and to prepare for our upcoming mini-research project, students then began writing reflections based on their learning. These reflection questions are posted in Canvas, and are due by class next Monday.