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Topics

Climate Change, Expository Writing

Grades

6th, 7th, 8th

Subjects

Science, Earth and Space Sciences

Duration

90 minutes

Regional Focus

Global

Format

Google Docs, Google Slides

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Putting It All Together (Water Cycle, Deforestation, and Climate Change #4)

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Feb 24, 2024
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Synopsis
In this lesson, students learn about extreme weather, create an infographic, and educate others on the knowledge gained from this unit.
 
Step 1 - Inquire: Students watch videos to understand why weather is becoming more extreme.
 
Step 2 - Investigate: Students create an infographic about extreme weather impacts in their area.
 
Step 3 - Inspire: Students educate others on the knowledge gained from this unit.
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Teaching Tips

Positives

  • Students participate in multiple interactive and hands-on learning activities to engage in kinesthetic, auditory, and visual learning.

  • Students have an opportunity to share their growth and knowledge throughout the unit with other students and community members.

Additional Prerequisites

  • This is lesson 4 of 4 in our 6th-8th grade Water Cycle, Deforestation, and Climate Change unit.

  • Teachers need to determine how to choose the best course of action for sharing student learning. Options include the following:

    • Class vote

    • Teacher predetermines based on their best judgment

    • Student panel is created

    • Different groups choose different courses of action

Differentiation

  • Students may use the Emotions Board for vocabulary support as they watch the videos in the Inquire section

  • At the end of the unit, a classroom gallery walk is recommended.
  • Some ideas for extensions at the end of the unit include:

    • Inviting other classes in for a gallery walk

    • Hosting a community night where community members can be educated on what students have learned in the unit

    • Mailing student materials to different leaders in the community, particularly leaders that are in charge of the local water sources

Scientist Notes

This lesson allows students to understand the difference between weather and climate, the important variables that cause changes in weather, how weather and climate are predicted, the impact of weather extremes on the climate, and how human activities have accelerated wildfires, disrupted the water cycle, and caused other erratic weather disturbances in their communities. They would be able to explore which weather events are frequent and the overall combined impacts. All materials were rigorously reviewed, and this lesson has passed our science credibility process.

Standards

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Supporting Standards

  • English Language Arts
    • Writing (K-12)
      • W.6.1 Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.
      • W.6.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.
      • W.7.1 Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.
      • W.7.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.
      • W.8.1 Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.
      • W.8.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.
  • Science
    • ESS2: Earth's Systems
      • MS-ESS2-4. Develop a model to describe the cycling of water through Earth’s systems driven by energy from the sun and the force of gravity.

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