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North America, United States, USA - South, USA - Northeast, New Jersey, Vermont, Connecticut, New York, Maine, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire

2018 National Climate Assessment - Northeast

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  • This teacher's guide incorporates the National Climate Assessment's Northeast Region chapter into the classroom through related lessons, activities, discussion questions, videos, and readings.
  • The guide summarizes key messages, provides references, explains figures, and suggests chapters of the report for teachers to focus on during instruction.
  • This chapter includes West Virginia in the U.S. Northeast region.
Teaching Tips


  • Teachers can plan an entire unit based on the National Climate Assessment and its topics using this guide or choose one or two lessons that best fit their curriculum.
  • The various topics covered in the assessment and this guide allow teachers to present students with a well-rounded climate knowledge base.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Under Key Message 2, the lessons "Keeping Watch on Coral Reefs" and "Aerial Photography and Mapping Lesson Plan: Images of Katrina" are no longer available in the collection, and the link for the video "High Tide in Dorchester" is broken.
  • Under Key Message 3, the link to "Your Family's Carbon Footprint" is broken.
  • Under Key Message 4, the lesson plans "Global Warming Webquest" and "Climate Change and Human Health" are no longer available in the collection.
  • Under Key Message 5, the video "A Bangladesh Case Study" is no longer available in the collection.


  • Teachers can use the guiding questions for class discussion and journaling or assign each question to a small group of students to investigate and report on.
  • Math classes can explore the National Climate Assessment by analyzing the highlighted figures and interpreting the data.
  • Advanced students can split into five groups to create a presentation summarizing the 5 Key Messages covered in the report, using the guiding questions to facilitate their research.
  • For younger students, consider just using the related lessons and resources rather than having them dig into the report.
Scientist Notes
This resource is a curated list of chapters from the National Climate Assessment focusing on the Northeast United States and related resources. The NCA consists of work from some of the top climate scientists nationwide. This resource is recommended for teaching.

This resource addresses the listed standards. To fully meet standards, search for more related resources.

  • Social Studies
    • U.S. History: America in the World - Geography, People, and the Environment
      • 6.1.12.GeoHE.13.a: Construct an argument on the effectiveness of environmental movements, their influence on public attitudes, and the efficacy of the government’s environmental protection agencies and laws.
      • 6.1.12.GeoHE.14.a: Evaluate the impact of individual, business, and government decisions and actions on the environment and climate change and assess the efficacy of government policies and agencies in New Jersey and the United States in addressing these decisions.
  • Science
    • ESS2: Earth's Systems
      • HS-ESS2-7. Construct an argument based on evidence about the simultaneous coevolution of Earth’s systems and life on Earth.
    • ETS1: Engineering Design
      • HS-ETS1-1. Analyze a major global challenge to specify qualitative and quantitative criteria and constraints for solutions that account for societal needs and wants.
    • LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
      • MS-LS2-4. Construct an argument supported by empirical evidence that changes to physical or biological components of an ecosystem affect populations.
      • HS-LS2-2. Use mathematical representations to support and revise explanations based on evidence about factors affecting biodiversity and populations in ecosystems of different scales.
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