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Thanks from Adventure School, Mapleton, CO: A Talk on Global Warming to Two Fourth Grade Classes

April 4, 2015

Adventure School 1(Note: This past Wednesday, April 1, I had the good fortune to speak to two fourth grade classes at the Adventure School in Mapleton, Colorado on Global Warming. I think it went well, mostly because I didn’t “lecture” them, but we engaged in a conversation, a dialogue instead. Frankly their two teachers had prepared them well. They were familiar with the subject, the problem and it was not like starting from zero. I tried to explain why CO-2 emissions trigger global warming. I am pretty sure they got it. I tried to explain about mass extinctions and how they were all accompanied, from what geologists and scientists tell us, with increases in CO-2 emissions. I enjoyed this exchange greatly and from the responses included below, I guess the students did too.

By the way, most of the information related came from James Hansen’s “Storms of our Grandchildren” one of the definitive books on Global Warming.

I did not change the language in these thank you notes one bit. This is how they wrote it. – RJP)

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“Dear, Mr. Prince. I leared so much from you. I like youre style going to the mountians and playing video games. Now i know solar global is. I hope you come back some time to teach me more stuff from colege. Thank you for coming.”

Sincerely, Aaron

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“Dear Mr. Prince, Thank you so much for coming to our school. I learned so much about electricity and energy. I can’t belive that we are learning about collage classes. I wonder if we are ever going to be in your class. Thank you, come back soon”

Sincerely, Alexandra

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Adventure School 8“Dear Mr. Prince, Thank you for coming to our school. I learned about how the pruduce carbon dioxide. I really wonder how many years cave man came. I also learned that dinosaurs lived for a long time.”

Sincerally, Amara Duran

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“Dear Mr. Prince, I learned that dinos died because the weather was only 4 degrees more than usual. Thank you. What’s your favorite animal? Mine is a horse.”

Sincerely, Amara R.

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“Dear Mr. Prince, Thank you for talking to us about energy. I hope you enjoyed us cus I did. I liked knowing your real name. I’d like to know something more. I enjoyed it. You are a great teacher.”

Sincerely, Arenis Gonzalez Cerrillo

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“”Thank you for coming Mr. Prince. I learned olat from yuo. I lornee oil and co. You are so nice. You told us olote.”

Sincerely, Ariannis

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“Dear Mr. Prince, Thank you . I leard more about dinosars to and more about CO-2. I wonder you know so much about dinosors and CO-2. Are you a sientist?”

Drake

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“Dear Mr. Prince, I learnd a lote tiday. I wish you said more but we dident have time.I hope you come back soon.have a nise day.”

Sincerely, Hector

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Adventure School 2“Dear Mr. Princ, Thaks for coming!. I really learned a lot from you I hope you can come agait! You really helped our class. Thanks!”

Sincerely, Jeremiah

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“Dear Mr. Prince, Tank you for coming to school with us. I lrnd that we brethe out CO-2. I wonder if we will extinct as well?

Sincirly, Jonathan

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“Dear Mr. Prince, Thank you for teaching our class. I appriciate you coming and teaching me new things I did not know. Thank you for coming and teaching me new things about our essay. I just want to thain you for coming and making our brains grow today this afternoon.”

Sincerely, Kayla

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“Dear Mr. Prince,Thank you I learned a bunch I hope that you caum agin and you were a funny teacher and pleas come agine.”

Sincerely, Mateo

“Dear Mr. Prince, Thank you for teaching us about global warming and CO-2”

Sincerely, Niki

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“Dear Mr. Prince. Thank you Mr. Prince to coming to our grade. I learned new stuff. I had fun. I learned new stuff of dinosuaris. I hope you come soon.”

Sincerely, Oscar

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“Dear Mr. Roby. Thank you for teching us about CO-2 and pollution even.”

Oswaldo

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“Dear Mr. Prince, Thank you for coming. I really enjoyed the way you talk. I learned a lot from you. For example, I had learned more about how dinosaurs extinct. Also, you helped me knew more about CO-2 adn what cause it to happened. You sure knew a lot about carbon dioxide!

Rocco

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Adventure School 5“Dear Mr. Prince, Thank you for coming and teachnig us so much. I learned that astaroids and the CO-2were who destroyed the dinosaurs. And I wonder if you could come agin to tech us something new.?

Sincerelly, Savi

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“Dear Mr. Prince, Thank you for the lessone about globel warming and carbone dioxide. I hope I will be just like you when I grow up. Also thanks for comeing I hope I will see you real soon.”

Sincerely Sebastion G.

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“Dear Mr. Prince, Thank you for coming. It was funne. I learned so much. Like you told us about CO-2 that makes a cloud of CO-2. And also that the dinosorse died because of CO-2. You were great.”

Sincerely, Sebastin

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“Dear Mr. Prince, thank you for coming to our school and teaching us. i learned how they knew the dinosourse we alive. I wonder when are you going to come to teach us again. I really learned alote from you. I hoe you come again.”

From Yahir

Adventure School 7

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