1. EPA-A Student guide to climate change,
Standards: 6.2b, 6.3a, 6.4a, 6.4b, 6.4d, 6.4e
This comprehensive site includes the following subtopics:
Learn the basics
See the impacts
Think like a scientist
Be part of the solution.
Each section contains a short paragraph easily readable for most 6th graders. There are videos available in some sections such as, “What is Climate Change?”
In this section, “Signs of Climate Change”, http://epa.gov/climatechange/kids/impacts/signs/index.html there is a clickable picture with items such as “higher temperatures”, and “wilder weather”.
In the section entitled “Clues of Climate Change”, there is a picture where kids are asked to find signs of climate change, and click on them to get information (more droughts and wildfires, etc.). Lots of colorful and interesting ways to approach the basics of climate change.
2. Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, Kids Corner
Standards: 6.3a, 6.3b, 6.3c, 6.4a, 6.4b, 6.4d, 6.4e
Here are the basic questions discussed on this website:
Do scientists agree about global warming?
What is causing global warming?
What is the difference between "global warming" and "climate change?"
What will happen if global warming continues?
What is being done about global warming?
What can I do about global warming?
This site contains mostly text, pretty straight to the point. Each of these topics is addressed in an easily readable short paragraph. Selecting the button on the left side for “Extreme Weather” http://www.c2es.org/science-impacts/extreme-weather brings up a US map with weather events from 1990-2012. Clicking on any location brings up information about the event.
3. Kid’s Crossing, Living in the Greenhouse
Standards: 6.4a, 6.4b, 6.4d, 6.4e
This site has lots of kid friendly information and illustrations. The topics addressed are:
What is climate?
Cycles of the Earth
The warming greenhouse
Long ago climates
Wild climate events
Climate in the news
For example, clicking on “Cycles of the Earth” http://eo.ucar.edu/kids/green/cycles1.htm goes to a short large print discussion of the carbon cycle with a colorful and easily understood illustration. The section called, “the warming greenhouse” has a good, illustrated example of the greenhouse effect. Lots of background information on weather.
4. NASA Global Climate Change
Standards: 6.4a, 6.4b, 6.4d, 6.4e, 6.5d, 6.5e, 6.6a, 6.6b, 6.6c
The subtopics are:
This page also shows the present Arctic sea ice minimum, carbon dioxide, sea level, global temperature and land ice. http://climatekids.nasa.gov/menu/weather-and-climate/ is the kid’s section on climate change. For example, the section called Big Questions contains, http://climate.nasa.gov/kids/bigQuestions/greenhouseEffect/ .
This site explains some of the factors in global warming in very kid friendly terms including videos including cartoon animal “Climate tales” discussing climate change in a kid-appealing format, a great climate time machine illustrating various global factors such as ice sheets with a sliding bar to observe change. There are also games that kids would enjoy and learn from including a “go green” game with a map and described as “do what you need to do while being gentle on the environment” and “power up” where kids win by capture clean energy in an appealing video game format. Lots of great possibilities on this site.
5. Kids do ecology
Standards: 6.5a, 6.5b, 6.5c, 6.5d, 6.5e
The subtopics are the following:
Learn about ecology
Data and science
The section called “World biomes” contains some easily understood and colorful descriptions, giving information about each biome, its inhabitants, and how we affect and can improve its conditions. Here is a list of the biomes covered:
The page entitled “Teachers” give the opportunity to partner for ecology projects with other classrooms in California.
6. The Natural History Museum’s website, climate change pages
Standards: 6.3a, 6.3b, 6.3d, 6.4a, 6.4b, 6.4d, 6.4e, 6.5d, 6.5e, 6.6a, 6.6b
About climate change
How do we know?
Impacts on humans and the natural world
Taking action against climate change
Each of these takes the student to a page with lots of subtopics and a great deal of information on each. For example, the section, “How do we know?” subdivides into three articles and illustrations”
Changing species distribution
The geological record
The information on this website is a little more difficult than some of the previous websites and would be well suited to students who are good readers and need to be challenged.
7. National Geographic Global Warming
Standards: 6.2a, 6.2b, 6.2c, 6.3b, 6.3c, 6.3d, 6.4a, 6.4d, 6.4e, 6.5e, 6.6a, 6.6b
The subtopics explored are:
The green guide
This site has lots of great information, pictures and video, but is a commercial site and contains ads. The energy site has a personal energy meter, http://environment.nationalgeographic.com/environment/energy/great-energy-challenge/?source=NavEnvEnergy , and in the section called, “The global energy mix”, there is a world map that lets students see the mix of energy sources in various regions. The freshwater section has news about weather events around the globe. The global warming section also has lots of articles and information.
This site is a little hard to navigate, with so much information in various places, that kids could easily end up in the ads. However, with guidance, it is quite useable.
8. The Union for Concerned Scientists interactive world map
Standards: 6.2b, 6.2c, 6.2c, 6.3a, 6.4a, 6.4d, 6.4e, 6.7e
This site presents a clickable world map depicting the effects of climate change on various locations. Click on an example such as the Helheim Glacier in Greenland. An article pops up discussing the glacier and the results of melting. There are many clickable points each bringing up information for that particular location. There is also a climate map scavenger hunt, http://www.ucsusa.org/action/CHMscavengerhunt.html, questions answered by clicking on areas and reading the text.
9. Kids and energy
Standards: 6.6a, 6.6b, 6.6c
This site briefly discusses what energy is and subdivides with a section on non-renewable, and renewable sources, with colorful, animated icons. Clicking on the section on petroleum brings up an article outlining the origins, and sources for oil. Very easy to read with lots of important information. Renewable energy is presented under the heading, “New energy”. There is a section on games. For example, students can play a game called, “How energy efficient are you?” Clicking on a room in a house, and then items in the room asks students a multiple choice energy question, with instant feedback for correct or incorrect responses.
10. E school today, Climate change and global warming for children
Standards: 6.4a, 6.4e, 6.5b, 6.5c, 6.5d, 6.5e
This site is divided into the following sections:
Important words to know
How does greenhouse work?
What causes climate change?
Effects of climate change
So what can I do?
Some cool things to do
Following the prompts on the bottom of the pages takes students through all of these topics. The first section, important words to know, defines climate and weather and illustrates how a greenhouse works.
This site has kid friendly, easily readable language, good information, and lots of colorful pictures.
This site has ads on the right side of the page.