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Missouri Environmental Education News May 2015

Earth Quest Game

Earth Quest Debuts at Earth Day. MEEA Board Member Cheryl Hardy shows Columbia Earth Day Festival attendees how to play Earth Quest, MEEA's new envrionmental knowledge game. Players advance around the board by correctly answering environmental questions. The game board and a set of questions can be downloaded for free from www.meea.org/earth-quest.html. Grades 6-8 and 9-12 questions and additional topics will be added over the next few months.

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MEEA Environmental Literacy Quizzes

Climate Change

Take one or more of these on-line environmental literacy quizzes and help us improve them! All four quizzes consist of questions randomly selected from a 30+ question bank for each grade level. For early elementary there are 5 questions per quiz, for the older grades there are 10 questions per quiz.

Help us answer these questions:

  1. Assuming the students have covered these topics in school, is the vocabulary, sentence complexity and topic appropriate for each grade? Keep in mind, kids can master long words and simple concepts if they are taught to them.
  2. Are there any errors in the questions or the answers, either factual or grammatical?

To take a quiz, click on its link. You will be sent to a sign- in page which will ask for your name. Then just start the quiz. At the end you will get your score and see the correct answers. Quizzes can be repeated, but questions and answers are shuffled with each quiz.

Please share any thoughts, comments, or corrections you have with me at weaverjc@missouri.edu.

Link to On-line Quiz Quiz Description

Early Elementary

Early Elementary - Climate Change

These quiz questions introduce the idea of different gases in the air that we breathe, how different kinds of plants and animals rely on certain conditions of temperature and rainfall, how the sunlight warms things, and a few jobs associated with or affected by weather and climate.

Vocabulary (some of this vocabulary is part of the wrong answers, but is helpful to know for that reason)

Africa, Antarctic, Arctic, big bluestem, carbon dioxide, centimeters – cm, colorless, creosote bush, droughts, electricity, emperor penguin habitat, farmer, forester, gas (as in a state of matter), Great Basin desert, greenhouse, helium , ice, inches, laughing gas, matter (as in gases, liquids, solids), minus (as in negative temperatures), monarch butterfly habitat, nitrogen, oak tree, ostrich habitat, oxygen, polar bear habitat, prairie, rain, shade, snow, temperate forest, temperature, water vapor, weather caster, wildlife manager

Upper Elementary

Upper Elementary - Climate Change

These quiz questions cover greenhouse gases, global warming, weather hazards, the temperature and moisture requirements of crops, models and predicting, heat and energy, jobs associated with tracking weather and climate effects, and plant hardiness zones and plant ranges.

Vocabulary (some of this vocabulary is part of the wrong answers, but is helpful to know for that reason)

abnormal, carbon dioxide, Centrigrade - °C, corn, cup (as in measuring cup), earthquake, energy (as in ability to do work), equator, Farenheit - °F, floods, future, greenhouse gases, growing temperature, heat (as in motion of particles), hurricane, inches, lb, meteorologist, microscopic particles, miles per gallon – mpg, models (as in modeling a system), plant hardiness zone , prediction, range (as in the range of a plant), scientist, ski, snowpack, soil moisture, sorghum, sugar cane, temperature, thermometer, tornado, tropical, weather, weather hazard, weather station, wheat, wildfire

Middle School

Middle School - Climate Change

These quiz questions deal with vocabulary specific to weather, climate and climate change, the different kinds of greenhouse gases, simple projections of climate change and its effects, contributing causes and jobs that intersect with climate change.

Vocabulary (some of this vocabulary is part of the wrong answers, but is helpful to know for that reason)

acidification, albedo, analysis, analyst, argon, carbon dioxide, climate change, conifer forest, coordinate (as in geographic coordinate), coriolis effect, correlation, deciduous forest, front (as in a weather front), gigatons – GT, global surface temperature, global warming, greenhouse effect, greenhouse gases – ghgs, heat (as in the random motion of particles), helum, HVAC technician, hydrogen, jet stream, latitude, longitude, methane, miles per gallon – mpg, nitrogen, nitrous, oxide, oceanographer, ozone, parachuting, poles (as in the geographic poles), smoke jumper, sulfur dioxide, temperature,thermometer, water vapor, wildland fire

High School

High School - Climate Change

These quiz questions deal with ideas and vocabulary specific to global warming like mitigation, adaptation, residence time and global warming potential, with some of the historic events and persons associated with the discover of global warming, and with jobs that address adaptation and mitigation.

Vocabulary (some of this vocabulary is part of the wrong answers, but is helpful to know for that reason)

adaptation manager, carbon dioxide, carbon trader, catastrophic weather, committed warming, continuous monitoring, global warming potential – gwp, heat trapping, inconvenient truth, industrialization, insurance adjustor, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change – IPCC, John Tyndall 1859, Mauna Loa, Milutin Milankovitch 1920s, mitigation, molecules, radiative forcing, residence time (as in how long a gas remains in the atmosphere), response/recovery specialist, Roger Revelle 1956, sequestration, Svante Arrhenius 1895, the Energy Information Agency – EIA, the Environmental Protection Agency –EPA, the Food and Agriculture Organization – FAO, the International Atomic Energy Agency – IAEA, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration - NASA ,the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - NOAA
U.S. Weather Bureau, World Health Organization - WHO









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