2023 Kansas City National Conference

October 25-28, 2023

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Experiential Problem-based Learning: Climate Literacy in the Elementary and Middle School Classroom

Friday, October 27 • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Kansas City Convention Center - 2104 A

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Integrating Climate Literacy - Gonzaga Climate Center
Presentation from the Gonzaga Climate Center on integrating climate literacy using hands-on activities and local climate impacts.

STRAND: Students and Sensemaking

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Explore one model of integrating climate literacy into the classroom using hands-on climate lessons. In partnership with the Washington State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) and the legislature-funded ClimeTime program, the Gonzaga Center for Climate, Society, and the Environment has created the Climate Literacy Fellows program. Through this program, the Climate Center hires and trains exceptional Gonzaga undergraduates to deliver high-impact climate literacy activities in elementary and middle school classrooms (grades K-8). The Climate Literacy Fellows help students understand how climate influences them and how they and society influence climate through hands-on, inquiry driven activities that center the NGSS standards and experiential learning. Our presentation would focus on the demonstrating one or more of the climate kits in action and opportunities for improvement, as well as suggestions for implementation in other places.

The importance of a hands-on approach to engaging students with the process of science and understanding the broader context that climate change occurs in.

Karli Honebein (Gonzaga Institute for Climate, Water, and the Environment: No City, No State)

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