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  • Lesson Plans
  • Scientific Papers or Reports
  • Activity - Classroom
  • Charts, Graphs, and Tables
  • Videos

Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - West, Oregon, Washington, Idaho

2018 National Climate Assessment - Northwest

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  • In this guide, teachers can access a collection of related lessons, guiding questions, videos, and case studies to help them bring the information from the 2018 National Climate Assessment's Northwest chapter to the classroom.
  • The guide organizes content around the Key Messages from the report, highlights relevant figures and charts, and outlines sections to use for classroom instruction.
Teaching Tips


  • Students of the Northwest will be able to see how climate change impacts their local reality.
  • The report highlights the impacts of climate change on the livelihoods of Indigenous peoples.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should understand the causes of climate change and know some of the general impacts.
  • Under Key Message 1, the lesson "Greenhouse Gas Tag" has no link.
  • Under Key Message 3, "How Cities Affect Their Local Climate" is no longer available in the collection.
  • Under Key Message 4, the lesson "Climate Change and Human Health" (also under Key Messages 5) is no longer available in the collection.
  • Under Key Message 5, the lesson "Aerial Photography and Mapping Lesson Plan: Images of Katrina" and the video "A Bangladesh a Case Study" are no longer available in the collection.


  • English language arts classes can use the guiding questions to practice citing evidence to support an answer to a question.
  • Students with anxiety may benefit from participating in lessons that have a solutions focus.
  • Students can write informational pieces about one of the case studies under the Key Message that resonates most with them.
  • Students can discuss what they can do locally to mitigate and adapt to climate change impacts and create community action plans.
  • Geography students can discuss the natural resource economy of the Northwest, brainstorming local examples and identifying how climate change will impact these markets.
Scientist Notes
This resource is a curated list of chapters from the National Climate Assessment focusing on the Northwest United States. The NCA consists of work from some of the top climate scientists across the country. 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.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.
      • 6.1.12.GeoHE.16.a: Explain why natural resources (i.e., fossil fuels, food, and water) continue to be a source of conflict and analyze how the United States and other nations have addressed issues concerning the distribution and sustainability of natural resources and climate change.
  • Science
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-4. Construct an argument supported by evidence for how increases in human population and per-capita consumption of natural resources impact Earth’s systems.
      • HS-ESS3-1. Construct an explanation based on evidence for how the availability of natural resources, occurrence of natural hazards, and changes in climate have influenced human activity.
    • 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.
  • English Language Arts
    • Reading: Informational Text (K-12)
      • RI.CI.11–12.2 Determine two or more central ideas of an informational text and analyze how they are developed and refined over the course of a text, including how they interact and build on one another to provide a complex account or analysis; provide an objective summary of the text.
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