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Understanding Global Change Project


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


Science, Social Studies, Biology, Physics, Earth and Space Sciences

Resource Type

  • Interactive Media

Regional Focus


Understanding Global Change Infographic

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  • This interactive infographic enables students to see the causes, complexity, and interconnection of global environmental changes.
  • Each individual section of the infographic is clickable, allowing students to explore their interests and see how they are related to the other topics.
Teaching Tips


  • This resource is jam-packed with information for students to peruse, ranging from the human and non-human causes of global changes to the quality of human life. 
  • The layout of the infographic is incredibly clear and will give students who process visually an added layer of understanding in a complex topic. 

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should have a basic understanding of the global changes taking place, specifically around climate change. 


  • Connections can be made in social studies classes discussing how humans are impacted by global changes or in language arts classes working on literary non-fiction reading. 
  • This resource would be an excellent introduction to a new unit, where students can explore the infographic and complete a KWL chart or other organizer to memorialize their thinking and learning. 
  • As an extension, assign each student a micro topic from the organizer and have the class work together to draw connections between their topics. This should illustrate how connected each topic truly is. 
Scientist Notes
This is an infographic that depicts the interactions within the earth-atmosphere-ocean-soil systems, how they work and the phenomena that causes global environmental change and dynamics. This resource is insightful, comprehensive and is recommended for teaching.

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

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    • ESS2: Earth's Systems
      • MS-ESS2-2. Construct an explanation based on evidence for how geoscience processes have changed Earth’s surface at varying time and spatial scales.
      • HS-ESS2-7. Construct an argument based on evidence about the simultaneous coevolution of Earth’s systems and life on Earth.
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-4. Construct an argument supported by evidence for how increases in human population and per-capita consumption of natural resources impact Earth’s systems.
      • 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.
    • LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
      • HS-LS2-6. Evaluate claims, evidence, and reasoning that the complex interactions in ecosystems maintain relatively consistent numbers and types of organisms in stable conditions, but changing conditions may result in a new ecosystem.
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