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King's Centre for Visualization in Science, Bill Gunter, Cheryl, Miriam, and Peter Mahaffy, Kalley Lasola


K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th


Science, English Language Arts

Resource Types

  • Videos, 10 minutes, 29 seconds, CC, Subtitles
  • Ebooks

Regional Focus



YouTube Video

"Bearly Over the Mountain"

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  • In this illustrated book, students will learn about the benefits and drawbacks of different energy sources and the need for multiple solutions and collaboration to fight climate change. 
  • The book is available as a read-aloud video and a digital text.
Teaching Tips


  • The story will help young children understand several important ideas about fighting climate change.
  • The story is available in multiple formats.

Additional Prerequisites 

  • Teachers may want to provide students with basic information about solar, wind, nuclear, and coal energy before using this resource. 
  • Teachers could show students where Venice and Paris are on a map or globe.

Differentiation ideas

  • Students can listen to the story as they read along if they are struggling with independent reading.
  • After the story, teachers could ask students the following questions to help them make the connection to climate change:
    • What was the main problem in the story?
    • How did the children solve the problem?
    • Do you think that we could use the children's solution to solve other energy problems?
  • Classes could make a chart to show the pros and cons of using each of the four trains.
  • Other resources on this topic include this video on understanding climate change and this ClimateScience digital picture book on sea level rise.
Scientist Notes
This resource is recommended for teaching.
  • Science and Engineering
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • K-ESS3-3 Communicate solutions that will reduce the impact of humans on the land, water, air, and/or other living things in the local environment.
      • 3-ESS3-1 Make a claim about the merit of a design solution that reduces the impacts of a weather-related hazard.
      • 4-ESS3-1 Obtain and combine information to describe that energy and fuels are derived from natural resources and their uses affect the environment.
    • ETS1: Engineering Design
      • 3-5-ETS1-2 Generate and compare multiple possible solutions to a problem based on how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
  • English Language Arts
    • Reading (K-12)
      • R.5.12 Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.
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