Green Homes: Climate Connections

INTRODUCTION:
Scientists project that in Philadelphia it's very likely that the number of heavy downpours will increase due to climate change.

Explain that increased downpours are a result of climate change. If we are going to prepare for the effects we have to consider all the solutions on our model we will make today.

We also will be experiencing more days of 90 or higher temperatures. Introduce the idea that Philadelphia currently has 26 days over 90⁰ per year on average

Scientists project more intense heat due to climate change.

[Reference: Center for Climate Systems Research (CCSR), Columbia University]

Allow students to brainstorm why this is a problem. Answers could include:


Introduce the idea that there are things that can be done to mitigate the effects of climate change:

ACTIVITY:
MATERIALS:

Shoebox
Clay
Tape
Drinking straws
Fake moss
Plastic flowers
Plastic leaves
Glue
Pictures of rain gardens
(below)
Pencils


Students will build a house that uses "green infra structure" techniques. Houses should include these six elements: green roof, rain barrel, flow through planter, porous pavement, trees, and a rain garden