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Author

Janet W. Lee

Grades

4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th

Subjects

Science, Social Studies, Earth and Space Sciences, Geography, Health

Resource Types

  • Podcast, 3 minutes, 21 seconds
  • Article
  • Podcast

Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - West, USA - South, California

How Kids Are Thinking About Climate Change

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Synopsis
  • This resource highlights student podcasts about recent natural disasters across the United States, how these disasters have impacted American students, and how these students have responded to natural hazards in their communities.
  • The featured podcast, written and performed by Washington 5th graders, is embedded in the article, and students will also hear from students in California, Montana, and Kentucky.
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • Hearing from students in several different regions of the United States will illustrate to students how the climate crisis affects people in different ways.
  • Young people speaking out about the climate crisis will inspire students.

Additional Prerequisites

  • It may help students to know the connection between climate change and natural disasters.
  • It may benefit students to understand the impact of climate change on snowpack and seasonal temperatures.
  • Some students may benefit from having the terms sequester, mitigate, exacerbate, and others defined before listening to the podcasts.

Differentiation

  • This resource can fit within a larger unit on the social impacts of climate change.
  • Students can create a podcast that addresses climate change and climate-related disasters.
  • If natural disasters have recently happened in your students' community, these podcasts may help them feel less alone in the fight against extreme weather.
  • This resource can augment a lesson on how the geography of a region can tell you what climate challenges it faces in the future.
  • Students without internet at home can access the podcast as homework by downloading it onto their device as an MP3.
Scientist Notes
This article from NPR highlights an often under-appreciated aspect of climate change: its impact on children. Here, children discuss how climate change is impacting their lives and communities.
Standards

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

  • English Language Arts
    • Speaking & Listening (K-12)
      • SL.5.2 Summarize a written text read aloud or information presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, and orally).
      • 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.
  • Social Studies
    • U.S. History: America in the World - Geography, People, and the Environment
      • 6.1.5.GeoHE.3: Analyze the effects of catastrophic environmental and technological events on human settlements and migration.
  • Science
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • 4-ESS3-2. Generate and compare multiple solutions to reduce the impacts of natural Earth processes on humans.
  • Comprehensive Health & Physical Education
    • Physical Wellness
      • 2.2.8.PF.5: Use evidence to predict how factors such as health status, body composition, interests, environmental conditions, healthy eating, anabolic steroids, physical activity, and lifestyle behaviors impact personal fitness and health.
  • Career Readiness, Life Literacies, & Key Skills
    • Life Literacies and Key Skills
      • 9.4.8.CI.1: Assess data gathered on varying perspectives on causes of climate change (e.g., crosscultural, gender-specific, generational), and determine how the data can best be used to design multiple potential solutions (e.g., RI.7.9, 6.SP.B.5, 7.1.NH.IPERS.6, 8.2.8.ETW.4).
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