In this class activity, students create a painted print of their foot and write down how they will reduce their carbon footprints.
This activity supports elementary students in taking informed action on climate change.
The class project is a fun way for students to connect the image of their own real footprint with the concept of carbon footprints.
Students should already have an understanding of climate change and how greenhouse gases contribute to the global climate change.
Additional materials such as paint, plates, and large sheets of paper are needed to complete the activity.
Elementary school classes can do this activity as part of a community service project. Students can first brainstorm solutions for reducing their own carbon footprints, and then work together to educate others in their communities.
Cross-curricular connections can be made in art classes by completing this activity as part of a unit on painting and design techniques.
Pair this activity with the interactive Footprint Calculator or explore the other links under the "sources" tab.
This resource aims to show students how the way we live impacts climate change by showing which of our everyday activities contribute the most to greenhouse gas emissions. It will also educate students about ways to reduce their carbon footprint. The carbon footprint visualization activity found in the EnergyStar source is also an effective way for students to understand their carbon footprints. This resource is recommended for students aged 9-11.
ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
5.ESS3.1 Obtain and combine information about ways individual communities use science ideas to protect the Earth’s resources and environment.
Social Science Analysis (K-12)
4.24 Explain individual and cooperative approaches people have taken, or could take in the future, to address local, regional, and global problems as well as predict possible results of those actions.