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Climate Change

Helen Orme contributes Climate Change to Bearport’s series Earth in Danger
ISBN: 978-1-59716-723-9  copyright 2009. 

This is a great title for grades 3-5, but I wanted to see how my middle school audience felt. I asked my book advisory students to take a look at some of the new High Interest Nonfiction titles on my preview shelf to find something that appealed to them this week. Three of them read Climate Change and came back to read me statements like these and relate them to what’s happening with the current hurricane season:

According to scientists, in the past 50 years hurricane wind speeds have increased by 50 percent. 

Hurricanes need warm ocean water to form. As seawater temperatures rise, scientists expect hurricanes to become more powerful and to last longer. 

"Hey!" they told me. "That’s coming true." <sigh> Shall I go over what informational texts and nonfiction means again. 

Take a peek inside to see how The Greenhouse Effect is described. This is an example of how high-interest nonfiction can be created that doesn’t diminish the reader. Students in grades three and four will be able to research to meet standards, but as my students told me "There’s stuff we need to know, too."

Climate Change explores the causes and effects of climate change as well as possible solutions. My middle schoolers spent the most time on the six pages at the back of "Just the Facts." They photocopied the page "How to Help" to run downstairs and show Ms J. She is choosing students for the Recycling Club and they thought their extra research might give them an edge. 

Perhaps these web sites will help:
EPA’s Climate Change for Kids.  
Global Warning: early warning signs
The National Science Foundation has created a very interesting site with a Global Climate exploratorium I can’t wait to continue exploring this so I can figure it out. Maybe I should put the advisory kids on it.
The Carbon Footprint Calculator
Pembina’s information is very timely as they count down to Copehagen
An interesting note as I was searching through NetTrekker was the preponderance of sites from Canada and not the U.S. Hmmmm? Need I say more. 

My personal note:
I spent this weekend trapped at home writing. Friday I was only able to put one gallon of gas in my car (using every nickel and penny in the car) knowing that I’d better save it for work this week. Nashville is experiencing a tremendous run on gas as people panic to fill up even when they don’t need it. Rumors go wild and web 2.0 technologies seem to stir up more trouble as people text, post on the Tennessean newspaper, and frantically speed-dial all their friends whenever they see a tanker filling up a station. I wanted to take photos, but didn’t want to contribute to the problem that is largely media-created. 

Isn’t it amazing that this week is National Stay-At-Home week as proposed by ABC TV so you can conserve gas and watch all the new TV shows? I think I’ll spend the week reading books. Gasp! Are you surprised?


  1. Sounds like a great book on a “hot” topic. On a personal note, I don’t worry about gas shortages since I am the “biking librarian” and do not depend on my car to get places:)

  2. Sounds like a great book on a “hot” topic. On a personal note, I don’t worry about gas shortages since I am the “biking librarian” and do not depend on my car to get places:)

  3. Sally, I believe you are a major supporter of the Walk To School initiative and the building of safe bike pathways and greenways in Tennessee. You rock!