Climate Change

Climate Change e-Cards

You will be writing a ‘Call to Action’ eCard to a political leader or a editor of a newspaper. This eCard will be sent, so you will need to be concise and knowledgeable about the topic. To gain this knowledge you will be completing Green Learning’s information gathering and eCard generator.  Our login for the class is ‘cayuga-2’ and the password is ‘KindTulip35’.

Graphing:  Toronto, Then and Now

Using Investigating Science 10 (our textbook) go to page 270-271.  Create two climatographs for climate data sets (1840-1859) and (1971-2000).  After completing the graphs answer the questions (7-12).

Quick Lab: Climate and Tree Growth

Turn to page 297 in ‘Investigating Science 10′ .  Read the information and complete the procedure and questions.  Hand in work.

Reading: Anthropogenic Effect

Using ‘Investigating Science 10, read pages 296-302 do Q1-5 on page 302.


Computers: The World of Recycling

Types of Plastics

1.  There are seven types of plastics.  Your job is to find out what each type of plastic is made of, what this plastic is used to make and when it is recycled, what is it re-created as?   Download ‘Plastic Recycling’, fill it in electronically, then email it to me (

2.  Haldimand has a curb-side recycling program, what plastics are recycleable in this area?  Does this surprise you?  If there are some that are not recycled is there a place in Ontario to recycle these?

3.  Everyone has a cell phone (along with other electronic devices).  Go to this website and write down 4 facts about cell phones that will make you recycle these devices.

4.  Toronto has a new recycling initiative for electronics.  Go to and cruise their website.  What do they recycle?  Is there any cost to you (why)?

SMARTboard:  Temperature, Heat and Heat Transfer

Read the information sheet on‘Temperature, Heat, and Heat Transfer’.  Next read and note the information from the Heat Transfer Interactive. Complete the worksheet.

Physical Lab: Modelling a GreenHouse

Turn to page 287 in the ‘Investigating Science 10’ textbook.  Complete all steps of the procedure and then work through the questions (9-14).  All questions will be handed in.

Computer:  Your Carbon Footprint

Today you will be assessing your ‘Carbon Footprint’.  Record your values for each part of your life (for later use), create an action Plan using there planning section (email to me) and then complete the ‘Carbon Footprint Worksheet’ and email to me.

SMARTboard: Global Trends

Go to the Nova ‘World in Balance’ and watch the ‘People of Paradox’ clip and the ‘China Revs Up’ clip.  Now that you have watched these please open the ‘World in Balance’ interactive and click through it.  Any points that are interesting and are worth discussing write down…  When you have finished going through the interactive please discuss the following questions and come up with a group set of answers.

Discussion Questions

  1. Most environmental damage is caused by high consumption patterns. What does that mean? How does the amount of consumption in the United States compare to the amount in other countries?
  2. What role does population growth play in resource depletion?
  3. If freshwater is replenished by the water cycle, why are we worried about water scarcity?
  4. Create a graph that shows the following patterns of change over time: (a) pollution levels rise steadily, (b) pollution levels initially rise, then peak and decline, (c) pollution levels rise slowly, then increase dramatically. Which one of these patterns did Simon Kuznets find applies to nations as they industrialize? What is his explanation for the pattern?

mp3 Players:  Climate Change

Using your mp3 player and the question sheet watch the three video clips and answer the questions.  Videos are ‘climate Change’, ‘Capturing Carbon’ and ‘Global Warming’.

Lab:  Modelling the Natural and Anthropogenic Greenhouse Effect

Anthropogenic GHE is the enhancement of the natural greenhouse effect due to increased greenhouse gas emissions caused by human activities.  Can we model this in order to put the ‘horror’ into the visible consciousness?  Remember the Greenhouse experiment we just completed on how a greenhouse works…

Use our textbook and turn to page 306.  All resources are at the station.  Begin the procedure and record result when asked.  Complete questions 9-13.  Hand in results and questions at the end of period.

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