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Author

ClimateScience

Grades

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

Subjects

Science, Social Studies

Resource Types

  • Interactive Media
  • Assessments

Regional Focus

Global

Personal Action

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Synopsis
  • This course about taking personal action to address climate change includes sections on a sustainable diet, flying and driving, consumption, having children, activism, and how much personal actions matter.
  • It contains text, interactive questions, infographics, links to references, a final quiz, and a certificate of completion.
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • It outlines many different ways individuals can take action and helps students gauge the relative impact of those actions.
  • Students can proceed through the content at their own pace.
  • Students earn a certificate if they complete the course.

Additional Prerequisites

  • This course is part of a series of climate change courses from ClimateScience.   
  • Students will need a computer and Internet connection to use the interactive features.

Differentiation

  • This course provides two levels of learning. Use the button in the top left of the page to toggle between "Simple" and "Advanced." The "Simple" setting is recommended for middle school students, while the "Advanced" setting is recommended for high school students.
Scientist Notes
The resource highlights various ways for individuals to reduce their carbon footprint including family planning, consuming less meat and more plant-based diets, reducing flying, etc. Students can learn how these can impact their daily lifestyles to achieve net zero carbon by 2050. This resource is recommended for teaching.
Standards
  • English Language Arts
    • Reading: Informational Text (K-12)
      • 6.RI.10 By the end of the year, read and comprehend literary nonfiction in the grades 6-8 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.
      • 11-12.RI.10 By the end of grade 11, read and comprehend literary nonfiction in the grades 11-CCR text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range. By the end of grade 12, read and comprehend literary nonfiction at the high end of the grades 11-CCR text complexity band independently and proficiently.
  • Science
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • 6.ESS3.3 Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.
      • 6.ESS3.5 Ask clarifying questions based on evidence about the factors that have caused climate change over the past century.
      • 8.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.ESS3.5 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.
  • Social Sciences
    • Social Science Analysis (K-12)
      • 6.27 Assess individual and collective capacities to take action to address local and regional issues, taking into account a range of possible levers of power, strategies, and potential outcomes.
      • HS.75 Evaluate options for individual and collective actions to address local, regional, and global problems by engaging in self-reflection, strategy identification, and complex causal reasoning.
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