Global Warming... What do you Think?
For this lesson you will need 1:1 Chromebooks so that the students can view materials and type their essays at the end.
Students will read the attached article and then answer the question "What is the difference between a fact and an opinion?"
When the students are through answering the question discuss this idea with them.
Read the attached article and answer the question in your notebook...
"What is the difference between a fact and an opinion?"
2 Direct Instruction
Start off by discussing what the Greenhouse Effect is and how greenhouse gases trap and send back radiated energy from the sun. Too much greenhouse gas and too much energy is trapped, not enough greenhouse gas and we trap to little energy.
At this step it would be helpful to draw a diagram along with the students using a smartboard (if you have one) or chalkboard.
Listen to the teacher lecture and take notes when asked to.
3 Guided Practice
Have the students split into partners and watch the attached YouTube video. The students should use this and their textbooks or provided articles to come up with a list of sources that produce excess greenhouse gas.
Watch the video above with a partner and use your workbooks to create a list off different resources that produce extra greenhouse gas.
You should have at least 5 different sources listed.
4 Direct Instruction #2
Have the students share their lists with the class.
Instruct the students on different sources of excess greenhouse gas and then begin to discuss that their is a lot of disagreement in this country (USA) about whether or not excess greenhouse gas can lead to significant global temperature increases.
*inform the students that most scientists support this theory and it is not very debated outside of America in other developed countries
Share your list with the class!
Listen to teacher lecture and take notes when asked to.
5 Indpendent Practice
Instruct the students that to write their essay they should use the above videos as samples and use the internet to read other articles and watch other videos to help them formulate their opinions.
*The second video has one cuss word at the beginning, advise students or remove the video if students cannot handle it
The time has come!
You will use the above videos as well as other videos and articles that you find on your own time to gather research in order to answer the following question in an Essay format:
"Do you believe in Global Warming? Please explain your opinion to your reader using actual evidence. Cite at least 3 resources APA style."
6 Exit Slip
On a slip of paper answer the following question:
"Why is the issue of Global Warming such a hot topic right now?"