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Alice C. Hill, Madeline Babin


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


Science, Biology, Earth and Space Sciences, Health

Resource Type

  • Articles and Websites

Regional Focus

Global, North America, United States, USA - West, California

A World Overheating

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  • This article explains how extreme heat is affecting people around the world, especially those who live in lower-income countries, with images from California.
  • The article includes links to various reports and articles, photographs from different parts of the world, and a chart. It also references COP-26, California's Death Valley, the Paris Agreement and Northern Siberia.
Teaching Tips


  • The photographs will keep students engaged.
  • It will help students have a global view of the climate crisis. 

Additional Prerequisites

  • It assumes that the students already have a basic understanding of the climate crisis and its causes. 


  • It can be used for group presentations, where each group presents how the climate crisis affects a sector of society or a particular country, all based on the article. 
  • For a broader appreciation and to foster critical thinking, consider introducing students to the concepts of adaptation and mitigation with this resource.
  • Based on the last paragraph, ask students to suggest some additional steps that their current government can take to adapt to extreme temperatures.
Scientist Notes
This resource is an article that covers a broad range of climate-relevant topics including the impact of rising temperatures on human health, infrastructure challenges, the potential for food insecurity, and adaptation strategies. It is a well-cited and clear resource and is recommended for teaching.
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    • 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.
      • 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.
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • 6.ESS3.5 Ask clarifying questions based on evidence about the factors that have caused climate change over the past century.
      • 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.
    • ETS1: Engineering Design
      • HS.ETS1.1 Analyze a major global challenge to specify qualitative and quantitative criteria and constraints for solutions that account for societal needs and wants.
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