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Author

MOOSE Climate Education

Grades

9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Subjects

Science, Social Studies, Biology, Earth and Space Sciences

Resource Types

  • Lesson Plans
  • Videos, CC, Subtitles
  • Activity - Classroom
  • Activity - Outdoors
  • Presentation Slides
  • Projects
  • Articles and Websites
  • Interactive Media
  • Charts, Graphs, and Tables

Regional Focus

Global, North America, United States, USA - Northeast, Maine

Format

Google Sheets, Google Slides, YouTube Video

Climate Change: Have an Effect with 1,000 Small Actions

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Synopsis
  • This five-unit module is filled with reading, writing, and data analysis activities that teach students about the greenhouse effect, the environmental, economic, and cultural impacts of climate change, and what students can do to lessen their effect on the planet.
  • Each module contains 1-5 lessons, slide decks, activities, research or reading and writing, and an action step.
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • The activities can be used individually to support lessons in your classes or as a complete unit.
  • This resource is full of opportunities for student-centered reflections and student autonomy.

Additional Prerequisites

  • If you choose to do the En-ROADS simulator, you should go through it with students to make sure they understand how to use it first. It is a wonderful tool for students to use!
  • Right under each video, there's a link that says "View transcript" for use offline.
  • Students should have a basic understanding of the carbon cycle to help with Unit 2.
  • There may be ads before the videos.

Differentiation

  • Unit 1 could support a classroom discussion on how America's economic system could become more sustainable and what obstacles are in the way of this process taking place.
  • This unit could enhance a classroom discussion on the impact climate change may have on human migration patterns and how this movement of people could lead to social and political disruptions.
  • Lesson 2 in Unit 1 could accompany a classroom discussion on the impact climate change is already having on home insurance rates in coastal communities.
  • Unit 2 could supplement a lesson about how climate change may alter farming practices in the future.
Scientist Notes
This resource is an education module that introduces students to small actions that can help curb climate change. This resource is well cited and all information presented is accurate and verifiable. This resource is recommended for teaching.
Standards

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

  • Mathematics
    • Functions: Interpreting Functions (9-12)
      • HSF.IF.B.6 Calculate and interpret the average rate of change of a function (presented symbolically or as a table) over a specified interval. Estimate the rate of change from a graph.
  • Science
    • ESS2: Earth's Systems
      • HS-ESS2-2. Analyze geoscience data to make the claim that one change to Earth’s surface can create feedbacks that cause changes to other Earth systems.
      • HS-ESS2-6. Develop a quantitative model to describe the cycling of carbon among the hydrosphere, atmosphere, geosphere, and biosphere.
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • HS-ESS3-6. Use a computational representation to illustrate the relationships among Earth systems and how those relationships are being modified due to human activity.
  • 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.
    • Speaking & Listening (K-12)
      • SL.ES.11-12.3 Evaluate a speaker's point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric, assessing the stance, premises, links among ideas, word choice, points of emphasis, and tone used.
    • Writing (K-12)
      • W.IW.9–10.2 Write informative/explanatory texts (including the narration of historical events, scientific procedures/ experiments, or technical processes) to examine and convey complex ideas, concepts, and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.
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