Without language there is no science. To be practicing scientists and derive new knowledge, we need language – reading, writing, talking, listening, enacting, and visualizing. Writing is one way to communicate understanding of our learning while allowing us to be creative in our delivery and provide insight and possible solutions to problems.
Write a letter to your state and local representatives asking what plans are in place to safeguard the state and its communities against extreme weather events as our climate continues to warm. Think specifically about extreme weather events that impact your state, i.e. flooding, hurricanes, drought, etc. Be sure to provide evidence for your argument based on scientific facts and express why you are concerned, and (depending on your age) you will, in the near future, be a voting member of the community.
Using the literary device anthropomorphism, bring the Porites coral to life as you summarize a strong El Niño season and its effect on the Porites community. Be sure to include science vocabulary, thought-out explanations, the feeling and impact of the experience, as well as, proper spelling and grammar. Have fun with it, be creative and show what you know!
If you don’t live in a coastal city, why is it important to be concerned about sea level rise beyond just being a concerned citizen or a champion for the environment? Think about the social, economic, and environmental impacts as you craft your response.