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Jam and Google Slides Game for Climate Change Captives 2035


Climate Change Captives 2035 and Project SAVE has a new student Jam (Jamboard) and a Google Slides game for classrooms. Google files are accessible with Gmail and not other types of email. I often get questions about such files, so here is a link about how to Google Slides from this blog. Now I’m starting to make Jams, which is so much fun! What happens is the teacher or parent makes a copy of each file wanted instead of editing my original files.

So, these files may be used without having the book on hand for the most part, but there will be several frames and slides that will not make sense without it.  I’ve already made a free instant-download PDF book companion.

The word search uses the ten words selected by Find a Book tool. Then, I selected some words myself to finish the puzzle.



In the story, Kalli likes to bake cookies and is worried that when she gets to the City Center she won’t have an opportunity to do so. So this frame is to work around her neighborhood in order using decimals and fractions from lowest to highest. Students will add keys to point the way. A solution is provided, and teachers should make two copies of the entire file first, providing their students with a copy without answers. Teachers may wish to remove some of the slides, as well, depending on the teaching situation.


Robert’s father has a long journey back to finding him and Grandfather. In the end, a teacher at the school helps him to surprise Robert at a small celebration. For this frame, students will find their way to the teacher. This involves being in the woods and knocking on a door that might not open.


Tristan is Kalli’s older brother and knows his way around Northern Ireland. The Dark Hedges is one place he has been to several times. He is a mathematician and so estimates measurements accurately. In this frame, students match numbers of meters to solve the questions.

The store in the book has two floors

The store outside the city center is rather run down. It used to be a beauty shop and now displays cans of soup in the hair washing sinks. Downstairs is a combination thrift shop and grocery store. Upstairs is where the electronic devices, nice games, art supplies, and so on are found. Students label the items as to their location, up or downstairs.

The Google Slides Game is Chimchardy

The game in Google Slides is Chimchardy (a combination of climate change and Jeopardy). It is played in Google Slides on Slide Show mode, however, as you probably know there is no automatic scoring in Google. The best idea I have is to keep the Jam Frame open for scoring by pulling numbers, and then have the game open in Google Slides, toggling back and forth. Or perhaps ask a student keep score on a tablet or different device with the Jam frame.

Laughter aboard the Slip Away

Ah, yes, some of the people who perpetrated climate change slip away into space before facing any court cases. In outer space, they dodge meteorites and have to fly carefully to try to get to an earth-like planet. They do not make their destination in book one, but perhaps when book two comes out.


I hope some people find the book and supporting materials useful. Thank  you for reading, Carolyn

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Gardening Printable and Fairy Garden Activity and Free PDF

This post has a free gardening theme printable for Pre-K through 1. Basic vocabulary, color by number, coloring pages, and patterning are included.

In Minnesota, we still have some freezing temperatures at night in May, so we wanted to plant after all danger of frost was past. It was difficult to wait! Minnesota has the most northerly point in the contiguous USA in the Northwest Angle, Minnesota, at 49º 23’N. A map shows that Minnesota is not so far north as other states until you check the latitude. It is finally our turn for spring.





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Climate Change Educational Resources K-12

Climate Change Resources for Educators K-12

Fee instant PowerPoint and PDF curriculum for teachers of K-12 students to use. The lessons are linked below. This topic is important and timely.


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Climate Change Captives 2035 and Project SAVE: Students Help Save the Earth (Climate Captives)

In this futuristic book about how the world has changed due to global warming, students create projects to help save the earth. Living towers house those willing to stay inside community walls and resisters live in the nearby forest. The years 2019, 2027, 2028, and 2030 are especially important in this Cli-Fi middle-grade story. The dystopian ending is only for a few people who contributed to and thought they were escaping the end of life on Earth. Characters develop their own projects after researching and choosing their topics, and communicate by secret code when necessary. Endnotes provide documentation and online links for facts.

Download the free student pack at the link below:


and the Jamboard file at this link

Winner of the LiFE Award for environmental books. 

Sue Ready of the Ever Ready blog reviewed the blog at the next link:

Climate Change Captives 2035 on Amazon

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Climate Change for Grades 3-6 Free PowerPoint

Climate change information for grades 3-6 free PowerPoint and PDF version of the presentation for teachers and homeschools. The instant downloads are at the next links. Click to download your copies.

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Climate-Change-Grades-3-6-information free instant download PPTX


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I recently posted about being trained by the Climate Reality program during August of 2019, provided a free K-3 climate change PDF Presentation, and interviewed someone about their pollinator-friendly lawn. I’ve noticed a lack of climate change materials for elementary grade levels, and today am adding a presentation for grades 3-6. I hope this will help some teachers at school or homeschool begin to discuss the topic with their students.


Begin by asking the students if they have heard about climate change. What have they heard? Are they aware of disagreements about this topic? 


Do students know about sources of global warming? Have they seen factories, pollution, garbage dumps, and other possible causes of the problem? 


The ozone layer is at the top of about ten miles high of atmosphere. The ozone layer has become thinner and has allowed more heat from the sun to be trapped beneath it, which is adding to global warming. 


Have the students seen flash flooding? Do they know what causes this problem? Rain that falls too fast is not absorbed in the ground, so the result may be a flash flood.

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Climate change has certainly been in the news on an almost daily basis this summer. Record heat waves, record amounts of icebergs melting, record storms, and increased fires have been news topics. The students will be aware of some of this information. The presentation has a few suggestions of what they might consider doing to help the Earth — not just on Earth Day.

No wars are fought over sunshine which makes solar power. No wars are fought over wind power. Wars are fought over fossil fuels. Discuss the fact that one hour of sunshine provides enough energy for the power needs of the earth for an entire year. Have the students discuss their ideas to help reduce global warming.

Thank you for reading, Carolyn

the sun provides all the energy the earth needs for a year every hour

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Climate Change for Children K-3 Free Presentation

This post has a climate change for children K-3 free discussion PDF because such resources are few and far between. I hope it will help teachers who will find the free download at the next link. It is a PDF for use with small or large groups.

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When we talk about the ozone layer in the sky, it is surely confusing to children who look way up and feel like the sky goes on and on forever. Especially to them, the distance must seem great and there is no obvious line in the sky.

Climate Change for Children K-3 Free Presentation

I thought such a discussion might begin with talking about the water cycle. Probably the class has done an experiment to show condensation. For sure children have noticed rainy days cause puddles to form.

Climate Change for Children K-3 Free Presentation

From this discussion, it could be pointed out that icebergs and glaciers are melting. Children might be aware if their parents watch the news or they have heard some other way. Hasn’t it seemed that climate change used to make the news every year or so, while this summer it is making a daily appearance? The actual explanation is more complicated as this article suggests. Land icebergs reflect sunlight, but when land icebergs melt the water is blue and doesn’t reflect, which means it absorbs heat from the sun. Children do not need to understand the finer details, though.

Climate Change for Children K-3 Free Presentation

It helps to show an image of possible sources of too much carbon dioxide, as well. The children can probably tell about when they saw a factory with smoke coming out of smokestacks. They have probably noticed some other such things, as well.

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It is important that the children do not feel they are at fault. Of course, they are not the people who did such things.

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They might be reassured to know animals also did not cause pollution.

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Of course, it is important to tell children how they might help the Earth. They have probably been told things like turn off lights when you leave a room, recycle, and so on. But now they might feel these things are especially important.

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We have friends who have scuba dived all over the world. They stopped about ten years ago after 25 years of such travel. They mentioned how much ocean life had deteriorated over that time period due to pollution. We are all being made aware of plastic trash in the ocean and what a problem it is to animals. The chemicals from the plastics harm ocean plants as well, and will for decades to come.

Now storms are different each time. We have worse storms, rain bombs, land cyclones, and so on. It seems we often have a hundred-year storm happening somewhere. If you listen to the news or read the newspaper, the amount of news about climate change has become overwhelming.

This PowerPoint is basically about recycling, and it shows what some grown-ups are doing to help. It has 35 slides. Another really important lesson for children is about reducing what we use. Stay tuned for more educational resources about reducing and reusing.  So often, lessons end at recycling, and there we are done. Not so! I hope this helps children understand why recycling is important and that teachers will find the download helpful.

Thank you for reading, Carolyn

I took the Climate Reality Leadership Corps Training in Minneapolis, MN, in August 2019


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Frog Theme Sample Pages Bump Games Free

Frog Theme Sample Pack with Bump games, writing frame pages, and a one-page science news article page is available here. The frog pages could also be used with any pond unit.

Download your printable at the link:


Do you know how to have your class play bump games? The directions are included for the sample games in this pack.

How to play bump learning games for math and reading

There is a color printing option for the math and “fr” reading games.

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There is a black and white version of a math bump game, as well.

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A writing page is included.

writing prompt what if our class was full of frogs

Frog Day Sample Pack Pages Free Download in our password-protected area.


You might also like the paperback or eBook version of The Frogs Buy a New House: An Economics Story for Children. It is available on Amazon.


Teacher’s Clipart has again kindly made the art for this printable.


Thanks for reading, and happy hopping! Carolyn

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