This lesson connects Kim Stanley Robinson’s The Ministry for the Future with the dangers of extremely high wet-bulb temperature.
Step 1 - Inquire: Teacher reads aloud the first chapter of The Ministry for the Future by Kim Stanley Robinson.
Step 2 - Investigate: In groups, students read an article on wet-bulb temperature and answer questions in their own document.
Step 3 - Inspire: Students watch a video on extreme heat in Jacobabad, Pakistan and complete a written reflection.
Teacher reads aloud the first chapter of The Ministry for the Future by Kim Stanley Robinson.
Teacher creates groups of 3-4 students each.
Teacher shows Too Hot For Humans? Jacobabad Temperatures Rise to 50°C.
This lesson is engaging, scary, and immensely powerful.
This lesson shows what happens to the human body when there are extreme wet-bulb temperatures. Humans are unable to survive wet-bulb temperatures above 35°C (95°F).
Some students may be scared or frightened by The Ministry for the Future. That is OK. Climate change can be scary sometimes. Provide space for your students to share their emotions about the climate crisis.