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PBS Global Weirding


7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th


Science, Social Studies, Earth and Space Sciences, Geography

Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - West

Climate Change in the Pacific Northwest, Alaska and The Islands

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  • In this Global Weirding video, the narrator talks about the many impacts of climate change, specifically in the Pacific Northwest region of North America.
  • Students will learn that climate change affects us right now, it affects people differently worldwide, and we must plan for the future.
Teaching Tips


  • This video thoroughly illustrates that different regions face unique challenges due to climate change and that we are facing these effects right now.
  • The video is broken up with animation to keep students engaged.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should understand climate change and its causes.
  • The teacher may want to point out these locations on a map, either before students watch the video or as students watch it.


  • This video gives students many options for further research, such as atmospheric rivers, invasive species, climate migration, feedback loops, glacial melt and permafrost thaw, and extreme weather events.
  • Have students research climate adaptations related to the impacts listed in the video or mitigation strategies.
  • Put students in groups and have each group research one of the regions mentioned in the video. Have students present their findings.
  • Have students research the unique ways climate change impacts where they live and look into solutions.
  • Some students may benefit from guided notes as they watch the video.
Scientist Notes

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

  • English Language Arts
    • Speaking & Listening (K-12)
      • SL.6.2 Interpret information presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and explain how it contributes to a topic, text, or issue under study.
      • SL.7.2 Analyze the main ideas and supporting details presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and explain how the ideas clarify a topic, text, or issue under study.
  • Science
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-2. Analyze and interpret data on natural hazards to forecast future catastrophic events and inform the development of technologies to mitigate their effects.
      • MS-ESS3-5. Ask questions to clarify evidence of the factors that have caused the rise in global temperatures over the past century.
      • 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.
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