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Niecea Freeman November 24, 2017

Lesson 10: InternshipMini Lesson

Time: 1:50 2:45 pm

Grade: 6th
Subject: Global Issues (Climate Change)
Lesson Title: Heat Capacity Mini lesson

National Geography Standards
14Environment and Society: How human actions modify the environment.
18The Uses of Geography: How to apply geography to interpret the present and plan for the

Common Core State Standards

Analyze in detail how a key individual, event, or idea is introduced, illustrated, and elaborated in
a text (e.g., through examples or anecdotes).
Integrate information presented in different media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively) as
well as in words to develop a coherent understanding of a topic or issue.

1. Students will be able to observe and record the heat capacity of water over air through to
similar experiments.
2. Students will draw conclusions about the experiments with latex and plastic (water and
air) and apply them to better understand how the heat capacity of the ocean is regulating
climate change and more specifically global warming.
3. Students will investigate the effects of ocean temperatures rising on the planet.

*Balloons/Latex Gloves (2)
* Water
*Empty Water bottles (2)
*National Geographic at Work: Exploring Antarcticas Oceans
Lesson Plan

Engage: When students enter the room, there will be a balloon with a folded up piece of paper
on each set of tables.

Let students play with the balloons, guess whats inside, shake it, etc. to peak curiosity.

Select one student from each table to pop the balloon and reveal its contents.

What is your picture of? Have students tape their pictures on the board.

What is the common theme? Effects of climate change.

Explore: One of the effects of climate change that we are going to focus on is the rise of ocean

What do you remember about the rise of ocean temperatures so far?

Show students your balloon full of air. Tell them that we are going to do an experiment. Get out
your journals and write: Balloon Experiment at the top.

Write down a prediction: What will happen if I put a flame up to this balloon?

Put the flame up to the balloon (balloon pops or deflates)

What happened? Write it down.

Prediction 2: What will happen if I put a flame up to this water balloon?

Put the flame up to the balloon. Nothing happens.

Why did the balloon pop with just air but it didnt pop when water was inside?

Have students discuss at their table and write their thinking down.

Explain: PowerPoint on Heat Capacitywater heat capacity to explain experiment and it

representation of oceans and the regulation of global warming.

Watch video from NASA for kids.

Elaborate: Have students break into groups and investigate 4 different effects from global
warming and ocean temperatures risingusing their National Geographic eBooks.

Fill out a graphic organizer in journals of all 4 effects and watch mini videos to elaborate on each
issue. These are an accumulation of issues from each Case Study so far. No issue is entirely new.
Evaluate: Have students write a summary in their journals: How do oceans regulate the Earths
temperature and weather?