In Climate Change & Animals, students will briefly recap the science behind the greenhouse effect. They will discover how our changing climate impacts animals, including humans, as well as their habitats around the world. Through games and investigations, students will explore the issues facing animals in different habitats and focus on a case study highlighting what ZSL scientists are doing to help. Students will also understand what actions they can take to reduce their carbon footprint.
Duration: 45-55 minutes
Capacity: 35 students
Specification Links (September 2016 onwards):
Links to Working Scientifically, Biology, Chemistry and Geography. Please click the following link for more details: KS4 Curriculum Links (580.8 KB)
Intended Learning Outcomes:
Students will be able to:
- Recall the science behind the greenhouse effect and give examples of how humans ‘enhance’ the greenhouse effect
- Discuss a selection of common myths surrounding climate change
- Give three examples of the risks of climate change on animals, including humans
- Give one example of a ZSL project that involves climate change research
- Understand what they can do to reduce their carbon footprint
Many objects from the natural world used in this session are loaned to us by HM Revenue and Customs.
Teacher Resources - Climate Change and Animals - Teacher Resource Document.pdf (2.57 MB)
Before the session:
Recap with your class the science behind the greenhouse effect – this will be gone over briefly at the start of the session. Find the main terms to be included in your discussion on page 1 of the teacher resource document.
While at the zoo:
- Visit some of the animals at the zoo from the ‘Risks of Climate Change’ activity, played during the session. Find a map of ZSL Whipsnade Zoo with the highlighted animals on, on page 5 of the teacher resource document.
After your visit:
- Measure a tree to estimate the amount of carbon it holds. Find instructions and work sheets on pages 2, 3 and 4 of the resource document. All you need to provide is a tape measure and pen/pencil.