Global Climate and Energy Project
Objective: To learn as much as possible about one topic through research
and/or experimentation, and to share that learning with classmates.
Hypothesis: If you choose a topic that is relevant to you, and you work each
month on learning about that topic, then you will become an expert and be able
to share your findings with the class.
Materials: at least 4 of the following sources* will be used:
Magazines Museums sources
Books Businesses from
TV shows and Films Research Facilities
World-wide web Lectures
Personal Experiment or Survey
1. During the week of December 14, participate in activities and discussions, and view films.
2. Brainstorm with classmates about topics related to Global Climate Change, Energy Use,
Solutions and Alternatives.
3. Choose a topic, in the form of an Essential Question, that you would like to research.
4. Each month, use at least one of the source types listed above to gain knowledge. Summarize
your findings, and cite your sources. Turn this in each month on the specified due date, as
evidence of your research progress. Be sure to consult Mrs. Banashak’s website for details
regarding different source types.
5. Focus your Science News Article search on your topic from now on, and state your Essential
Question before the preview section of your write-up.
6. Throughout the year, be sure to use at least 4 different types of sources.
7. Throughout the year, pay close attention to updates, helpful tips, and details related to the
8. In June, prepare a Powerpoint slide show, and give a 10-12 minute presentation to your
9. If you and a partner choose the same Essential Question, you will each do your research
independently. You may then combine your information into one Powerpoint and present
together. Naturally, your presentation will be expected to contain broader and deeper content
from at least 4 sources from list II.
The final days of the school year will include presentations.
Monthly evidence will be worth 20 points during that particular Trimester.
The final presentation be worth 50 points towards your Trimester 3 grade.
All points will count towards the Tests and Projects portion of your grade.