Climate Change PBL Unit for Sixth Grade

Developed by middle level educator Rebecca Newburn, this project-based learning (PBL) unit for sixth graders—Face, Place, Story: The Stories and Science of Climate Change—incorporates the use of interactive science notebooks and involves students in real-world research and solutions. In the unit, students select a region of the world where the human community is being visibly impacted by climate change and analyze a meteorological disaster that occurred there (e.g., hurricanes, sea level rise, etc.) through the lens of climate change. In this way, students learn about climate change’s impacts and the need for strategies to mitigate it. The unit’s final product is an individual action plan to reduce carbon and a class project addressing climate change that will have a tangible impact on the school or local community.

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