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Topics

Infographics, Physical Geography

Grades

6th, 7th, 8th

Subjects

Social Studies, Geography, English Language Arts

Duration

75 minutes

Regional Focus

Polar Regions

Format

Google Docs, Google Slides

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The Arctic in Infographics

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Last Updated:
Feb 4, 2023
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This lesson introduces students to the impacts of climate change on the Arctic. 

Step 1 - Inquire: Students learn about the circumpolar Arctic and its geography and explore infographics as a way of conveying information about climate change impacts in the Arctic.

Step 2 - Investigate: Students watch a short video from the youth perspective about the impacts of climate change in one Canadian Arctic community and learn more about how climate change is impacting the Arctic.

Step 3 - Inspire: In groups, students research one of their questions and design an infographic.

Positives

  • This lesson situates the Arctic globally and introduces students to people who call the Arctic home, including youth.

  • Alongside climate change, students learn about infographics as a way to understand and share information.

Additional Prerequisites

  • For the game “Is It an Infographic?” game, teachers should present the Teacher Slideshow in slideshow mode to conceal the answer at first glance.

  • When teaching this lesson, teachers should have a baseline understanding of how climate change works. This short interactive course offers easy-to-understand information on the basics of climate change. 

  • Teachers will need to plan ahead for the gallery walk.

Differentiation

  • If teachers would like to spend more time on the infographic, both in teaching about infographics as a way to share information and on how to create an infographic, this website is an excellent resource.

  • Infographic creation could be digital, adding technology skills to the outcomes, if students have access to technology and the appropriate software.

This lesson demonstrates the impacts of climate change on the Arctic region and thus provides a background for students to reflect on the causal relationship between temperature changes and ice melting, glaciers, permafrost, and sea level rise. Accordingly, this lesson is interactive, properly cited, and has passed our science credibility.

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

Supporting Standards

  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Geography
      • D2.Geo.2.6-8 Use maps, satellite images, photographs, and other representations to explain relationships between the locations of places and regions, and changes in their environmental characteristics.
  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Reading: Science & Technical Subjects (6-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.6-8.7 Integrate quantitative or technical information expressed in words in a text with a version of that information expressed visually (e.g., in a flowchart, diagram, model, graph, or table).
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