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Understanding Global Change Project


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


Science, Social Studies, Chemistry, Biology, Earth and Space Sciences, World Languages, Spanish, Other

Resource Type

  • Artwork

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PDF, Microsoft Powerpoint

Understanding Global Change Downloadable Graphics

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  • These infographics help students visualize how the Earth's systems and their components are interconnected and changing globally.
  • The downloadable and printable materials include infographics for different learning levels, icon sets, and Earth scenes.
Teaching Tips


  • The infographic simplifies the complex global change processes and phenomena, while the icon sets and Earth scenes can help students apply what they have learned.
  • This resource is available in English, Spanish, and Danish.

Additional Prerequisites

  • This resource would ideally be used with the information provided in this online interactive activity but can also be used as a standalone resource.
  • The infographics and Earth scene include a grayscale version.
  • Files will download automatically after clicking on the corresponding link.
  • Files may not print correctly unless they are opened with Adobe Reader.


  • Younger students can use the simplified versions of the infographics and icon sets, which use less technical and more accessible language.
  • Rather than having younger age groups work individually or in groups, you can enlarge the materials to be used in a class activity.
  • Enlarge the infographic into a poster to be displayed in your classroom.
  • Considering the number of terms in the advanced version of the infographic and icon set, some students may find it helpful to have access to the materials before using them class to review the terms.
Scientist Notes
The resource contains a set of icons that allows students to understand the concept of global environmental change, the natural and human causes, processes and dynamics in the Earth system. This resource is illustrative and recommended for teaching.

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

  • Science
    • ESS2: Earth's Systems
      • HS-ESS2-4. Use a model to describe how variations in the flow of energy into and out of Earth’s systems result in changes in climate.
      • HS-ESS2-6. Develop a quantitative model to describe the cycling of carbon among the hydrosphere, atmosphere, geosphere, and biosphere.
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