Curriculum Target Grades: 7 & 10
Suitable for Grades: 6-12
Climate change can be a daunting topic as a global issue, and what’s happening in our province often gets lost in the midst. This program will give participants an overview of how our climate is changing in Manitoba, especially in our Arctic/Subarctic, Boreal Forest and Prairies biomes. We also use our Earth History Gallery to demonstrate the differences between natural and human-caused climate change.
As we explore the Museum Galleries, students will be challenged to think about what those changes mean to the biodiversity of our province, as well as the social, economic and environmental consequences for Manitobans.
During the program, we also engage the students in thinking about solutions that can be implemented by themselves at the family, school and community level. Students will be encouraged to commit to actions that can help combat climate change, and give them hope that, together, positive results can still happen.
Topics covered during this program include:
- Difference between natural and human-caused climate change
- Melting permafrost in the Arctic and its impact on plants and animals, as well as the Inuit populations
- How scientists use models to conduct scientific investigations and demonstrations, including replica ice cores
- How forest fires impact the Boreal Forest, and how they are tied to climate change
- Extreme weather events in the Prairies and the socioeconomic challenges that come with them
KC-004 Describe ways in which their personal actions may affect quality of life for people elsewhere in the world
KL-026 Identify human activities that contribute to climate change
KL-027 Describe social, environmental, and economic consequences of climate change
KL-029 Give examples of the impact of human activity on the natural environment in a society
VL-009 Be willing to take actions to help sustain the natural environment in Canada and the world
VE-017 Be willing to consider the consequences of their consumer choices
S2-1-02 Discuss factors that may disturb biogeochemical cycles. Include: natural events, human activities
S2-4-07 Investigate and evaluate evidence that climate change occurs naturally and can be influenced by human activities. Include the use of technology in gathering and interpreting current and historical data
S2-4-08 Discuss potential consequences of climate change. Examples include changes in ocean temperature may affect aquatic populations, higher frequency of severe weather events influencing social and economic activities