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8th Grade Research Project: Countries, Climate & Energy   Tags: 8th_grade, climate, climate_change, energy, middle_school  

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The Assignment


Groups will research a country, focusing on climate and culture. 

Research and consider:

  • current national economic analysis
  • level of economic development
  • main sources for GNP
  • government revenue from GNP
  • cost of changes as a percentage of GNP
  • governmental system
  • type of economy
  • geography
  • natural resources
  • national constituent groups (identify 5 most important constituent groups relating of the economy)

Based on the researched information: 

- Calculate cost for a cut to carbon emissions by 50% over the next 35 years by 2050. 

- Create a 17-20 minute presentation on 4 energy/carbon emission reduction changes recommended for the country, based on the research, demonstrating why change is needed. 

Format: PowerPoint or some other electronic presentation tool must be used. 

Presentation Audience: The rest of the class and Science and Social Studies teachers.

An MLA bibliography must be provided for all sources used.


   Project will be graded on:

  • making well thought out and logical choices
  • persuasiveness of arguments
  • overall attention to key components of  an engaging presentation.   



  • Carbon Emissions - Accuracy and Thoroughness
  • Climate, Culture, Economics, Government –Thoroughness
  • Choice Evaluation Sheet: Typed and Thoroughly completed


  • Well-chosen pictures and charts
  • Enthusiasm and Professionalism
  • Demonstrated Knowledge of Subject
  • Brevity- Summarized Well (bullets)
  • Clarity of Information
  • Eye Contact with Audience 

*Partner evaluation of individual member contribution will be factored into each individual’s final grade as well..


Climate Change Presentation Elements

For the country researched, find the following information:

      Current Energy Usage

  • Population, Total mWh needs, Energy Types and Amounts (3 pts:Pie Chart), Carbon Output, GNP)

      Possible Change in Climate if No Change by 2050

  • Temperature, Precipitation, Weather Extremes
  • Natural Resources
  • Crops and Food Supply: Threats -Water, Soil, Agriculture % GDP

       Population Distribution/Redistribution

  • Flooding: Coastal and other Regions, Desertification, Major Cities Affected,


  • Air and Water quality, disease, malnutrition

Then determine: 

      Carbon Emission Reduction Recommendation 1-4

  • 1 -Type, Percentage of reduction carbon emissions, Cost Per Year
  • 2 -Type, Percentage of reduction carbon emissions, Cost Per Year
  • 3 -Type, Percentage of reduction carbon emissions, Cost Per Year
  • 4 -Type, Percentage of reduction carbon emissions, Cost Per Year
  • Additional Changes

      Carbon Reduction Choice Evaluation

  • Logical and Realistic Implementation (2 per choice)
  • Geographically Appropriate (1 per choice)
  • Culturally Aware (1 per choice)
  • Economically Appropriate: attention to key constituents(1 per choice)
  • Developmentally Appropriate (1 per choice)
  • Cut at least 50% of carbon emissions


Culture & Climate Topics

  • Religion(s) Practiced and core beliefs and practices
  • Families (average size, roles taken on by males and females, role of extended family)
  • Important Customs and Traditions
  • Languages Spoken (percentages of the population)
  • Major Minority Groups
  • Traditional Types of Art
  • Foods Commonly Eaten
  • Main Sources for Food and Water
  • Modern Interests and Aspects of Popular Culture
  • General view(s) on the Environment
  • Climates
  • Temperature Range
  • Amount of Precipitation
  • Amount of Sunshine
  • Type and Length of Seasons
  • Latitude
  • Topography
  • Elevation Range
  • Weather Extremes
  • Risk for Types of Natural Disasters
  • Water Sources and the Role they Play in Climate
  • Vegetation
  • Biomes
  • Prevailing Winds
  • Ocean Current Effects on Climate
  • Government: Identify and describe: Executive, Legislative, etc.
  • Population Size (Age Distribution, Urban and Rural Distribution)
  • Role of Average Citizen in Government
  • Major Political Parties and Major Views of Those Parties
  • Percent of People in Each Party
  • Process of Making/Changing Laws
  • Type of Economic System
  • Major sources of Income: Agriculture, Industrial & Mining, or Service
  • Distribution of Wealth
  • Major Exports (to which countries)
  • Major Imports (from which countries)
  • Countries that are Close Allies
  • Adversarial Countries
  • Size and Role of Military
  • Development Level: Severely Underdeveloped, Under Developed, Mid- Level, or Developed)

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