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The Climate Initiative


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


Science, Social Studies, Earth and Space Sciences, Geography

Resource Types

  • Interactive Media
  • Digital Text
  • Video
  • Game

Regional Focus

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


PDF, YouTube Video

Sea Level Rise Learning Lab

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  • This collection of resources is presented in three interactive parts, each comprised of different resource links and activities to learn about sea level rise.
  • Students can take part in a learning journey by way of a virtual classroom, map of learning missions, or a simple graphic with links where students will watch videos, read articles, and explore interactive maps, to understand the causes and implications of sea level rise.
  • The learning lab pairs with this teacher guide, providing six lessons that can be used with this resource.
Teaching Tips


  • The interactive and unique way in which these resources are presented makes them engaging for students.
  • After each mission in the second presentation, students are able to check for comprehension with two quiz questions.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Show students how to navigate the interactive media, like the maps, before letting them explore independently.
  • Students should be familiar with The Paris Agreement.
  • The "Character Strong" link in the virtual classroom is broken.
  • In the second presentation, videos may be challenging for younger students to click correctly. For the videos to play, you must hover over the image without clicking on the image, then click the red "play" button.


  • The collection of data visualizations could inspire a discussion about the importance of art and visualization in the fight against climate change.
  • Each student can pick a coastal city and write a report about the effects that city faces due to sea level rise.
  • If showing text-heavy videos without narration to younger students, it may be beneficial to read the text out loud or slow the video playback speed.
  • If you are having students do the learning labs independently or in small groups, having guided notes or a worksheet to complete as they go will ensure they explore all that is necessary and retain the most pertinent information.
Scientist Notes
This resource is an interactive website where students can learn all about sea level rise and how it is related to climate change. The interactive website has an abundance of resources for students to learn more information. Some of these resources are technical and may be difficult for some to comprehend, whereas other resources are appropriate for all ages. Below the classroom there is an interactive activity that steps students through 6 different "missions" where students learn about sea level rise in locations around the U.S. The amount of resources could be overwhelming to some, however this is a great page for students to get information about sea level rise. All resources have been assessed. The information presented is accurate and this resource is recommended for teaching.

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    • Reading: Science & Technical Subjects (6-12)
      • RST.6-8.2 Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; provide an accurate summary of the text distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.
      • RST.11-12.4 Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 11-12 texts and topics.
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    • Statistics & Probability: Making Inferences & Justifying Conclusions (9-12)
      • HSS.IC.B.6 Evaluate reports based on data.
  • 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.
    • 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-ESS3-1. 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.
      • 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.
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