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Engage students in global climate change by personalizing their own carbon footprint. Our resource introduces students to the effects of global climate change and its human-related causes. Start with a detailed look at the greenhouse effect. Identify all the ways a kitchen uses energy. Break down the steps involved with farm to table and how each step adds to the carbon footprint. Calculate your travel footprint and learn ways to help reduce it. Understand that your carbon footprint doesn't lessen after throwing things out. Look at the bigger picture and calculate how your own carbon footprint fits with the community. Help reduce the carbon footprint by brainstorming ways to make environmentally-friendly rules part of the social contract. Written to Bloom's Taxonomy and STEAM initiatives, additional graphic organizers, carbon footprint calculator, crossword, word search, comprehension quiz and answer key are also included.
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This activity was challenging but helped my students realize their footprint.