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Author

ACE

Grades

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

Subjects

Science, Social Studies, Biology, Earth and Space Sciences

Resource Types

  • Video, 3 minutes, 16 seconds, CC
  • Worksheet
  • Article

Regional Focus

Global

Format

Google Docs, PDF, YouTube Video

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Synopsis
  • Chapter 6 of the Our Climate Our Future series contains a video, student worksheet, and three articles for additional reading.
  • The video explains that human-caused climate change is happening right now and further explains how and why some people spread misinformation about climate change.
  • The readings address changes in global temperatures, weather patterns (such as El Nino), ocean heat, sea level rise, and the water cycle.
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • This is a great resource to use virtually because it includes a Google Doc worksheet and online student readings.
  • It teaches empathy by explaining the misinformation campaigns, but also encourages critical thinking. 

Additional Prerequisites

  • Teachers need to make a free account to access the materials.

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Scientist Notes

Climate change is real and has been proven by climate scientists, including the IPCC and others. The resource explains the role humans contribute to increasing CO2 which eventually warms the planet. However, the video states that variation in the earth's orbit is a major cause of natural changes to climate. But this is not the only natural cause. We have other important natural factors such as the sun's angle/intensity, natural greenhouse gases, volcanic eruptions, continentality effect, and the other Milankovich cycles which cause climate change at a slower pace.

Standards
  • 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.
    • 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.
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