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Authors

Gen-Z Media, Earth Rangers

Grades

6th, 7th, 8th

Subjects

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

Resource Type

  • Podcast, 28 minutes

Regional Focus

North America, Polar Regions

We Love the North!

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Synopsis
  • This podcast episode discusses how climate change is impacting northern Canada's climate, the livelihood of Indigenous populations, and the habitats of arctic animals.
  • Two climate change researchers and advocates are featured on the podcast to discuss their work in the region.
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • Students will enjoy the upbeat and conversational tone of the podcast host.
  • The podcast emphasizes the importance of this region to the Inuit people and describes how traditional Indigenous climate monitoring methods can improve our understanding of climate change.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should already have a basic understanding of climate change.
  • The link to view more episodes and subscribe is broken.

Differentiation

  • In geography classes, students can compare and contrast this region with where they live, including topics like climate change impacts, animal habitats, native populations, etc.
  • Biology classes can learn more about the "fragile" arctic ecosystems by researching arctic animals impacted by climate change, creating a class food web, and discussing how climate change alters it.
  • The podcast describes the Arctic as "ground zero" for many climate change phenomena such as, melting ice caps, rising sea levels, and thawing permafrost. Earth science classes can explore this notion further to identify why the Arctic is so important in our understanding of climate change.
  • Language arts students can evaluate the descriptive language the narrator uses to paint a picture of her memories of the Canadian wilderness.
  • If you assign the podcast as homework, students without internet access can download the audio as an MP3 before leaving school.
Scientist Notes
In this episode, the host focuses on the Arctic. The Arctic is warming faster than any other place, which comes at a high cost to the Arctic ecosystem. This resource is recommended for teaching.
Standards

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

  • English Language Arts
    • Speaking & Listening (K-12)
      • 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.
  • Science
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-3. Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.
      • 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.
    • LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
      • MS-LS2-4. Construct an argument supported by empirical evidence that changes to physical or biological components of an ecosystem affect populations.
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