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Author

National Park Service

Grades

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

Subjects

Science, Biology, Earth and Space Sciences

Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - South

Format

YouTube Video

Warming Up to Adaptation: Everglades National Park

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  • This video introduces students to the climate change effects on Everglades National Park and the Florida Bay Area.
  • The video discusses the impacts of sea level rise, hurricanes, and the adaptation measures the park service has taken to protect the park and its resources.

Positives

  • Students will learn about the sustainable and accessible enhancements made to the park after two hurricanes damaged the park.
  • Included in the description section is an audio-described version, along with links to other related adaptation videos. 

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should be familiar with the basic terms of climate change, sea level rise, and adaptation.
  • Prior to showing this video, students can watch the Warming Up to Adaptation: Series Introduction.

Differentiation

  • Before viewing the video, students can conduct research on the impacts of climate change on National Parks.
  • Students can be grouped and asked to research the differences between adaptation and mitigation, and then write a summary or present to the class.
  • Beyond The Dead Zone is another resource to consider using on this topic, where students will watch two videos and complete activities on the topic of human impacts on Everglades National Park.
The video spotlights smart solutions to adapt to the impact of sea level rise and extreme weather events on Flamingo Visitor's Center at Everglades National Park. Strategies like eco-tents and smart infrastructure are appropriate to manage potential climate risks.This resource is recommended for teaching.

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

  • English Language Arts
    • Speaking & Listening (K-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.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.
    • Reading: Science & Technical Subjects (6-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.11-12.7 Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media (e.g., quantitative data, video, multimedia) in order to address a question or solve a problem.
  • Science
    • 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.
      • MS-ESS3-5. Ask questions to clarify evidence of the factors that have caused the rise in global temperatures over the past century.
    • 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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