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Authors

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

Grades

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

Subjects

Science, English Language Arts

Resource Types

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

Regional Focus

Europe

Format

YouTube Video

"Bearly Over the Mountain"

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Synopsis
  • 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

Positives

  • 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.
Standards
  • 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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