Coimbra University Press

Vamos cuidar da Terra (“Let’s look after the Earth”)

Vamos cuidar da Terra

Authors: Anabela Marisa Azul; Catarina Schreck Reis; Helena Freitas
Language: Portuguese
ISBN: 978-989-8074-84-3
Publisher: Coimbra University Press
Edition: 1.st
Date: May 2009
Price: Free distribution
Size: 230 mm x 220 mm
N.º Pages: 81


This book, directed at schoolchildren aged 5 to 10, aims to arouse their curiosity for the subject of climate change. From early on, the children explore, interact and learn things about the environment around them. The discoveries and knowledge will help them to understand concepts and phenomena, take decisions and develop a proactive attitude in relation to the world in which they live. The book is divided into three sections. The first explains the concepts of time, climate and the greenhouse effect. The second focuses on phenomena associated with climate change, and the extent to which ordinary daily actions contribute to global warming. The third section indicates measures that are within reach of all to help take care of the Earth. The subjects are present in a clear and simple way, and are complemented with easy-to-do experiments and activities, using everyday materials. The pages with activities have coloured borders which makes them easily recognisable. These activities not only help children acquire new knowledge, but also introduce them to the experimental method in an elementary way. Children are encouraged to keep a notebook to record their hypotheses, results and conclusions, and to replicate the experiments in order to confirm the results obtained. They are also advised to repeat experiments involving variables, such as temperature, season of the year or geographic location in order to perceive the alterations. All the activities in the book have been previously carried out by children aged 5 to 10, and their records of what they did and saw are used here as illustrations.