Coming soon… by decree


									         Casa di Mir’s First Climate Change
         Global Warming and Sustainability
              Thursday February 15th
                9:00 am to 8:00 pm
Daytime Events:
9:00 –9:45 am Guest Speaker – Dr. Chris Potter, senior research scientist in the
       Ecosystem Science and Technology Branch at NASA Ames Research Center
10:10 – 11:30 am Workshops (first rotation)
       *Nancy Garrison (The Tea Lady) Master Gardener Program Director for Santa
       Clara County, Farm Advisor for University of California Cooperative Extension
       for Santa Clara County

       *Student Presentations on: Greenhouse Effect
                                Global Warming Board Game
                                Testing Gases with Ph Indicator
11:30-12:30 Garbage Free Lunch time

12:30-1:15 pm Guest Speaker – Ocean Robbins, founder of Youth for Environmental
       Sanity (YES)

1:15- 2:00 pm Workshops (second rotation)
        *Student led workshops and presentations

2:15- 2:45 pm Review of our Home Energy Consumption Activities
        How Much Carbon Saved?

Dismissal of Students at their regular times

Evening Events:

6:30-7:15 pm Guest Speaker – Rob Caughlan, documentary film producer and former
       assistant to the deputy of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

6:30- 8:00 pm Global Warming Workshops (1/2 hour slots) with James Callahan, docent
        from LHS Berkeley

7:15- 8:00 pm Open Exhibits and Presentations by students

Other activities: Energy-saving light bulbs available
                  Trees planted (Thank you, Harvey Whitehead)
                                    Coming soon….

         Casa di Mir’s First Climate Change
         Global Warming and Sustainability
              Thursday February 15th
                9:30 am to 8:00 pm
Dear Families,

We are growing more and more excited with the possibilities arising for this wonderful
day of information on Climate Change. You are all invited to participate in the creation
and experience of this day. Parents, please mark this day to come to school with your
child in the morning and stay through the evening.

The day is taking shape! We expect to:
    Have distinguished guest speakers
    A No Garbage Lunch
    Workshops
    Students’ experiments and research displayed and presented
    Information from people active in the many areas effected by Climate Change

The students will be asked to do three tasks to prepare for this event.
    Find articles on topics about Global Warming, summarize them, and share them
       in the classroom. These will be saved in an information binder.
    Conduct an Energy Consumption Survey at home
    Do an experiment or research project on a topic that falls under the umbrella of
       Climate Change (Causes, Effects, Sustainability Choices, etc.) *see attached

There is some amazing networking happening in the community and we hope to tap into
many sources. We invite any suggestions or contacts you may have that would be
appropriate for this symposium. We are also open to sponsorship.

The Casa Staff

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Student/Parent Packet
December 2006

Dear Parents,
We have set our sights on a new experience for our Science Fair. As we have shared early, we
are looking to create a Symposium on Climate Change: Global Warming and Sustainability. This
event will take place on Thursday February 15, and will be an all day experience. Parents are
invited to attend the daytime part of this event as well as the evening activities. The hours will be
from 9:30am to 8:00 pm. More on the schedule for the day will come later.

Our emphasis will be more on research, demonstration, and presentation of information. Some
students will find experiments to do and will be able to use the Scientific Method. Others will be
researching books and the web and developing the best way to share the information with others
on February 15. Because this is the first time doing such a symposium, we expect to be learning
a lot as we go. Please feel free to share ideas with Wanda.

We are asking students to do three tasks.
     Collect News Articles on related topics
     Do a home Energy Consumption Survey
     Do a project to share at the event (experiment or research)
Attached is a timeline for experiments and a timeline for research projects. There is also a form
to guide students through the Scientific Method if they choose to do an experiment.

The following sites are excellent starting points.
        Southern California Edison 2002 Home Energy Survey

We expect most of the work on these projects will be completed at home. We will provide
support at school and guide students who have questions. We will provide poster boards or
display boards.

News articles can be brought into the classroom at any time. A summary form is included in this
packet. Your child can share them and then we will keep them for the symposium.

The plan page is due Friday January 5th. We will know better how to help each student as we
review these plans.

Thank you for your support of this project. We can imagine that students new to researching and
experimenting will need more help through the several steps. We hope our “more experienced”
students will be more independent. Please sign the bottom of this letter acknowledging you have
read this information. This must stay in your child’s homework binder.

The Elementary Teachers
        Parent Signature (confirming you read this info)
Possible Topics for Projects:
Causes of Global Warming (any- human and other)
        Research case on Earth cycles of warming and cooling
        Magnetic Fields around the Earth
        Layers of Atmosphere and how a healthy atmosphere works to support life on
        Greenhouse Gases
                What are the greenhouse gases?
                How do increased amounts of carbon in the atmosphere create warming?
        Industrial Causes
        Use of fossil fuel causes
        Contributing countries to CO2 production
        Methane Gases
        Ozone- What is it? What does it do for us? The Earth?
        What about the temperatures throughout the solar system?
Effects of Global Warming
        Ocean temperatures and currents
        Acid Rain
        Melting of glaciers – Himalayan glaciers, Glacier National Park, etc.
        Melting ice caps
        Temperatures to Amounts of Carbon in Atmosphere
        Climate changes- Hurricanes, El Nino, droughts, extremes of wet and dry,
        Local temperature tracking- using historical climate index
        Effects on animal populations- Polar Bears, Butterflies, Penguins, frogs,
        Effects on Presences of Diseases
        Snow packs and drinking water
        Food supplies
        Natural ecosystems- coral reefs, arctic tundra, alpine meadows, wetlands
        Sea levels- experiments: expansion of water when it warms
                                  Land-based ice melts effecting sea level
Global Warming and Politics and Business:
        Kyoto Protocol
        Proposals in California
        Fire Fighting

Plant Physiology
       How does plant photosynthesis effect presence of carbon in atmosphere?
       Plant Respiration
       Job of Roots- prevent erosion
       Plant Decay and effects on Release of Carbon
What can we (I) do about Global Warming?
       Plants As Helpers
       Conservation (lots of specific items that can be researched individually)
              What one person can do… or one family
      Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
      Working With others in the World
      Transportation- Public
      Improving mileage on your Car
New practices & inventions toward sustainability
      Carbon Capture and Storage
      Carbon Sequestration
      New fuels
      Alternative sources of energy- experiments with solar, wind energy
      Inventions: Automobiles
                   More energy efficient appliances
Weather Watching
       Writing your Science Experiment Report

Your typed report should contain the following parts and
should be titled with the names of these sections. These
sections will be displayed on your display board.

 Title of your experiment

 Question - Write this using a question mark!

 Hypothesis – This is your initial answer to the question, before
  you do the experiment.

 Materials – These should be written in columns, not as a list with

 Procedure (Number the steps, using “command” form. Do not
  use “I.”) Include what you need to measure.

 Results (your observations). This should be in written form
  accompanying a visual of your results. The visual can be in the
  form of a sketch, picture, graph, or diagram.

 Conclusion - The answer to your original question.

 Additional Information - This information can be researched
  and can help to explain more about your topic. It can include what
  might have affected your results. It also can state what you would
  do differently the next time you did the experiment and why you
  would make these changes.

 Bibliography – This is a list of books and references used in your
  report. It can also just include names of those who helped you.
                  Global Warming Experiment Timeline
                           Science Fair : Thursday, February 15, 2007

    Please follow the timeline below so that your science project will be completed
on time for the Science Fair. Check off each step as you complete it.
    Title each section. Keep ALL work fastened in your “Special Projects” folder,
including drafts and revisions. Do not enlarge the print until the project has been
completed and all work has been approved!

                                      Due Dates:
Tuesday, January 2
     Turn in your Global Warming experiment question.
     This week, get approval by a teacher of your topic.
     This week, collect resources like books, internet sites, etc. so that you can get started
right away on your research/reading.

Monday, January 8
    Turn in the following, typed:         Title, Question, Hypothesis, Materials,
Bibliography (See handout for examples on how to write a bibliography.)
    This week, start your experiment. Remember, you will need a “visual” for your project,
so don’t forget to take photos or draw what you see happening during this experimentation
time. You could also choose to create a graph, so accurate data collection would also be

Tuesday, January 16
      Turn in a revision (if necessary) of all work so far.
      Turn in the following, typed: Procedure (numbered)
      Write down (hand-written is fine), on a separate sheet of paper, information about
what has been done so far with your experiment (ie; “So far I’ve interviewed 5 people…” or,
“I’ve tested my experiment once so far…”).
      Read your resources to find out more about your topic. You will collect information
that will be in ADDITION to information that you gather for your experiment. If you did an
experiment on electricity, for example, you could do some research on when electricity was
first discovered, how it is used, and how your experiment helps our understanding of
electricity behavior.

Monday, January 22
    Turn in the following, typed: Results (what happened in the experiment),
Conclusion (what decisions you can make about what you observed), Additional
    Turn in the revision (if necessary) of all work so far.

Monday, January 29
     Turn in the revision of all work so far.
     Turn in your Visuals (photos, drawings, graphs, etc.) that display the results.
     Bring in a flash drive, memory card, or floppy disk with your science project saved on
it. This is important so that you will have an opportunity to do any further work in class.
     This week, get approval from a teacher that your research project is ready to be
enlarged and then prepared for display.
Monday, February 5
     As long as your project was signed off last week as “ready,” enlarge your font size so
that it’s legible to those standing from a distance.
     Start putting together your display.

Monday, February 12
    Have your display ready.
                          SCIENCE EXPERIMENT TIMELINE
                                      6-9 classroom
1. Choose a topic you are interested in doing. Fill in the plan page        DATE DUE
      & turn it in for teacher’s approval of your choice.              Science Fair Day
                                                                       Thus. Feb. 15.
2. Start you abstract.
                                                                              Fri. Jan.5
      a. Clarify your question and create a Hypothesis
         Start research on your topic.
      b. Gather your Materials and make a very careful                        Mon. Jan.8 _
           list of everything you need.

      c. Write down your Procedure. Do the                                    Fri. Jan. 12_
           experiment and make any necessary changes
          to your written procedures.

      d. Record your Observations.                                            Fri. Jan. 19_

      e. Record just what you saw happened. Your                              throughout_

            Results need to be described carefully.
                                                                             Tues. Jan.23_
      f. Further Investigation: What questions do you
          have in your mind now about your
          experiment? What would you try differently
          next time?
                                                                             Fri. Jan. 26_
      g. Write your Conclusion. What do you think
          about your observations and results?
                                                                             Fri. Jan. 26_
      h. Do a little research on your experiment, the
          scientific principle you’ve explored and/or a
          scientist who was know for work on your
                                                                              Fri. Feb. 2_
    12. To Prepare for the Display:                                    Turn in written draft
      a. Rewrite your abstract in final form. See a                    for editing.
           teacher to guide you on this.

      b. Create pictures, graphs, diagrams or photos to                      Wed. Feb. 7_
           be used on your display.

      c. Bring your finished work to school on Thurs.                        Wed. Feb. 7_
         Feb. 8 to work on the display board in class.
      Don’t bring actual experiment or materials until
                                    FIRST DRAFT
                        (For final copy, see teacher for paper)

Project Title: _______________________________________________________

My Question: ____________________________________________________________


My Hypothesis: __________________________________________________________



The Materials I used:

____________________________________       _________________________________

____________________________________       _________________________________

____________________________________       _________________________________

____________________________________       _________________________________

____________________________________       _________________________________

____________________________________       _________________________________

The Procedure I Used:

1. __________________________________________________________________

2. _____________________________________________________________________

3. _____________________________________________________________________

4. _____________________________________________________________________

5. _____________________________________________________________________

6. _____________________________________________________________________
7. ______________________________________________________________________

8. ______________________________________________________________________

9. ______________________________________________________________________

10. _____________________________________________________________________

11. _____________________________________________________________________

12. _____________________________________________________________________

continue on binder paper if more steps are needed.

These are my Observations: (This is an important section for something that you need to
observe several times over a period of time. It is not necessary for something that shows
immediate results.) Make a table for your information that fits your experiment. Ask a
teacher for suggestions if you are not sure about this. Use other paper.

This is my results: (This is just reporting what happened, with no interpretation)





This is my conclusion (This is where you think about what happened and why. Give
your reasoning for what happened.)



Further Investigation: If you did this experiment over again, what might you do
differently? What new questions come up in your mind? What else might you discover?
Would you change anything about the experiment to get different results?







Write a little bit about the scientific principle behind your experiment or demonstration.
Who first did this type of experiment? How did this idea first become known? How is
this principle useful to us?



continue on binder paper if necessary

Remember to create pictures, photos, graphs, etc. for your project
display. Your final copy needs to be on special lined paper that allows
for larger print. Third year students may do their final on the

                                     Great Job!!!!
News Articles

Title: _________________________________________

Date: _______________________________

Source: _________________________________________________

Author: ________________________________________________







                                Research Project Timeline
                                     6-9 Classroom

1. Choose a topic you are interested in doing. Fill out the plan page      (due date)
   and turn it in to the teacher for approval.                           _Fri. Jan. 5_

2. Gather resources like books and web articles, maps, pictures          _Mon. Jan. 8_

3. If your project requires data that you must collect, begin
   this task right away and design a form for the collection            _Wed. Jan. 10_

4. Begin your research
      a. Take notes on your topic                                        _Mon. Jan. 8_

       b. Write a rough draft                                           _Wed. Jan. 24_

       c. Have a teacher review your rough draft                         _Fri. Jan. 26_

       d. Write a final copy                                             _Wed. Feb. 6_

5. Discuss with your teacher how you are planning to display
   your information                                                      _Fri. Jan. 26_

6. Gather the materials for your display such as pictures,
   graphs, charts, photos, etc.                                          _Wed. Feb. 6_

7. Create your display                                                  _Tues. Feb. 13_

8. Bring your finished project to school on Thurs. Feb. 15

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