STEP #1 of STUDENT INSTRUCTIONS: WRITE YOUR INQUIRY QUESTION AND PLAN YOUR INQUIRY:
Working as a class or in small groups, decide on the focus of your inquiry (maybe it’s energy use in your community, maybe transportation…) and write your inquiry question or questions. Your inquiry question needs to investigate both the impacts of climate change and the actions required to address it. You could state your question as a hypothesis; for example, "If climate change continues as it is, then extreme weather events like floods will affect the economy of our community." While you are conducting your inquiry, you may need to modify your question or hypothesis.
Plan How You Will Conduct Your Inquiry: In your groups (or individually), plan each step of your inquiry (scroll down further to see more on each of these Steps):
2. Explore & Research
3. Analyze & Check
4. Communicate & Act
STEP #2 of STUDENT INSTRUCTIONS: EXPLORE & RESEARCH
In your groups, gather and review information needed to answer your question or test your hypotheses.
Here’s a quick guide to the resources you’ll find in the Eastern Ontario Inquiry: Resources and Experts Google-Doc to help you conduct your inquiry:
How is climate change affecting your community:
More generally, how is climate change affecting Ontario — you can apply this information to your community:
What mitigation and adaption measures are needed to address the impacts of climate change in your community:
Evaluate the information you collected: does it answer your question or test your hypothesis?; does it raise more questions (and how can you answer these?)?.
Record your information.
Reflect on and discuss your preliminary findings and observations to compare these to your previous knowledge. You may need to clarify and modify your focus question(s) and inquiry plan.
STEP #3 of STUDENT INSTRUCTIONS: ANALYZE & CHECK
Compare, sort and classify your information. Describe characteristics and note patterns.
Draw conclusions about questions and hypotheses. Remember to focus on both the impacts of climate change and the actions required to address each impact.
The next important step: you will soon meet with the other classes in your community to share and discuss your ideas. You will use your cell phones and Google docs to write up your work. The student writers will use the Google docs to prepare the document you will all present to Premier Wynne.
STEP #4 of STUDENT INSTRUCTIONS: COMMUNICATE AND ACT
Now it’s time to act.
Go to the Commit2Act App and select actions you can take to reduce your carbon footprint and track these (calculate the reduction in kilograms of greenhouse gases).
What if you, your family, your classmates took similar actions — small steps become quickly add up.
Armed with your actions, tell your family and school. Tell your school board and your municipality. Use blogs, tweets, charts, videos, PSAs, memes, artwork, presentations to meetings and written reports.