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6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th


Science, Social Studies, Earth and Space Sciences, Civics

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North America, United States, USA - Northeast, New York, New York City



Exploring Resiliency with the NPCC

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  • In this lesson, students act as project managers tasked with creating an innovative plan to reduce the impacts of extreme heat, coastal flooding, and stormwater, the three main climate change hazards that affect New York City.
  • Students analyze data and learn about current adaptation strategies to inform their plans and create posters to share their plans with the class.
Teaching Tips


  • The lesson connects science and public policy in a real-world application. 
  • Teachers can use the insightful discussion questions to help synthesize student learning from the projects.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should understand the evidence for and the causes and effects of climate change.
  • There is an accompanying worksheet that you can find by clicking the materials section, then scrolling down and clicking Climate Change Systems Lessons and Worksheets, and then clicking the Exploring Resiliency with the NPCC Worksheet sub-bullet point. You can also click the link here.


  • Students can complete the projects by hand using posters and markers or digitally using Google Slides, Canva, etc.
  • The lesson plan suggests numerous options for extension, including a mini field trip to a resiliency project site, potential research prompts, and other resources to explore.
  • This resource is specific to New York City, but students in other cities could use it to compare the adaptation strategies with their city or learn from the strategies already in place in New York.
  • Teachers can use this project as a summative assessment after teaching separate units or lessons about stormwater, extreme heat, and coastal flooding. There are many lessons and activities for these topics in the SubjectToClimate Resource Database.
Scientist Notes
There are many ways in which to respond to climate change. One such way is through resiliency. In this lesson, students will explore what New York City is doing to be resilient towards climate change. This science presented herein is accurate and verifiable. 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.5.a: Generate/make an evidence-based argument regarding the impact of rapid urbanization on the environment and on the quality of life in cities.
  • 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.
      • HS-ESS3-5. Analyze geoscience data and the results from global climate models to make an evidence-based forecast of the current rate of global or regional climate change and associated future impacts to Earth’s systems.
    • ETS1: Engineering Design
      • MS-ETS1-1. Define the criteria and constraints of a design problem with sufficient precision to ensure a successful solution, taking into account relevant scientific principles and potential impacts on people and the natural environment that may limit possible solutions.
      • HS-ETS1-2. Design a solution to a complex real-world problem by breaking it down into smaller, more manageable problems that can be solved through engineering.
  • English Language Arts
    • Speaking & Listening (K-12)
      • SL.PE.6.1 Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 6 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.
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