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Authors

Maine Climate Council, Maine.gov

Grades

9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, AP® / College

Subjects

Science, Social Studies, Economics, Civics

Resource Type

  • Articles and Websites

Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - Northeast, Maine

Actions for Communities

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Synopsis
  • This brief article highlights the ways that municipalities in Maine are funding and supporting projects and actions that address climate change, energy efficiency, and community resiliency.
  • Links to join the Community Resilience Partnership and learn more about grant funding are included.
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • The information is specific to Maine, allowing students to see local efforts and available grants in their state.
  • The article is brief and easy to understand.
  • Possible next steps are included to encourage students to take action.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should understand what a municipality is and how they can encourage their municipality to act.

Differentiation

  • Have more advanced students research the grant requirements and application process and present it along with background information about why taking action is important for municipalities and communities.
  • Have students read this as a bell-ringer and then ask students to write a short response to why community action to address global issues is important.
  • Younger students can discuss the green transportation options available to communities and have them make posters that encourage students to walk, skate, or ride their bikes whenever possible.
  • Science and engineering students learning about heat, energy transfers, and materials can discuss the energy efficiency issues of older buildings and research low-cost ways to prevent energy waste and improve insulation in buildings.
Scientist Notes
The Community Resilience Partnership program is highlighted in this resource, along with how it has helped Maine become more carbon-neutral and strengthened local governments and communities to adapt to climate change. Teachers should consider using this resource.
Standards

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

  • Science
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • HS-ESS3-4. Evaluate or refine a technological solution that reduces impacts of human activities on natural systems.
  • English Language Arts
    • Reading: Informational Text (K-12)
      • RI.PP.9–10.5 Determine an author’s purpose in a text (including cultural experience and knowledge reflected in text originating outside the United States) and analyze how an author uses rhetorical devices to advance that purpose.
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