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Global Warming Wheel Card Classroom Activity Kit
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) presents the Global Warming Wheel Card Classroom Activity Kit for teachers of grades 6 through 8 who plan to incorporate the topic of global warming into their curriculum. The kit provides resources and activities for using EPA’s Global Warming Wheel Card to educate students about global warming, its sources, and potential impacts. The activity kit also encourages students to think about ways to reduce their individual, family, school, and community contributions to the greenhouse effect. The

Global Warming Wheel Card Classroom Activity Kit includes:
• A hand-held wheel that provides a quick and easy way for students to calculate household greenhouse gas emissions • Instructions for assembling additional wheels • An introduction for teachers that discusses global warming, its sources and potential effects, and the role that greenhouse gases play in warming the Earth’s atmosphere • An introduction for students that discusses the greenhouse effect, how specific human activities contribute to it, and the potential impacts on human health and ecosystems • Three hands-on student activities and one homework assignment explaining global warming and encouraging students to think about what they can do in their homes and communities to help limit the greenhouse effect
United States Environmental Protection Agency Office of Air and Radiation (6205J) EPA 430-F-01-027 January 2002

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• Steps for students to take in conducting a simple energy audit of their classrooms to identify ways to conserve energy • Notes for the teacher on how to get the most out of the kit
For more information about EPA’s Global Warming Wheel Card Classroom Activity Kit, contact Karen Scott, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, at scott.karen@epa.gov or call (202) 564-3482 or (800) 490-9198. For more information on calculating greenhouse gas emissions, see www.epa.gov/globalwarming/tools/calculators.html

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This activity will introduce you to the Global Warming Wheel Card. 15–20 minutes to assemble and use the Global Warming Wheel Card or 30–40 minutes to conduct three activity sessions. • The five Global Warming Wheel Card Instruction sheets from which you will need to cut out pieces, then glue them together • Scissors • Glue stick or liquid glue • Small paper fasteners or “brads” (the brass kind that can be pushed through paper easily and have flanges that can be bent to hold the paper)

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Now that you have made your wheel, use it to answer the following questions. 1. Mr. Smith drives to work every day. He goes 20 miles in each direction, or 40 miles round-trip. He goes to work 5 days each week. A. How many miles does he drive to and from work in a week? B. Figure out how many miles he travels to and from work each year. C. Use the Global Warming Wheel Card to see how much carbon dioxide his car produces just during Mr. Smith’s driving to and from work each year. 2. Mr. Smith’s family also uses the car for lots of other activities, such as shopping, going to evening football games, weekend camping trips, and other places. Mr. Smith estimates that the family travels another 400 miles per week, in addition to the miles he travels to and from work. A. Use the Global Warming Wheel Card to figure out how much carbon dioxide the family produces per year by driving these extra miles each week.

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