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  • Lesson Plans
  • Scientific Papers or Reports
  • Charts, Graphs, and Tables
  • Activity - Classroom
  • Videos

Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - Midwest, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, Missouri, Iowa, Indiana, Ohio

2018 National Climate Assessment - Midwest

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  • This teacher guide for the Midwest section of the National Climate Assessment includes background information, a synopsis, related lesson plans, activities, guiding questions, and videos to help teachers facilitate learning.
  • Students will explore the Key Messages presented in the report and reference the U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkits to understand the many effects of climate change in the Midwest region of the United States.
Teaching Tips


  • The guide includes activities and lesson plans to engage students with different learning styles.
  • Teachers can find lessons for a range of grade levels and topics. 

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should understand the causes behind climate change and be familiar with some of the impacts.
  • Under Key Message 2, the video "The Second Solution: Riparian Restoration" is no longer available in the collection.
  • Under Key Message 3, the video "The Difference Between Weather and Climate" is no longer available in the collection.
  • Under Key Message 4, the lesson plans "Climate Change and Human Health" (also under Key Message 6) and "Air: Fuel for Thought" (also under Key Message 5) are no longer available in the collection.
  • Under Key Message 5, the "Extreme Event Role Playing Game by the National Academy of Science" link is broken, but can be accessed here instead.
  • Teachers can't access many links under Other Related Resources for the Midwest Chapter.


  • Math or science teachers can post the charts, graphs, maps, and other figures around the room and have students participate in a data gallery walk.
  • After reading the "Case Study: Adaptation in Forestry," students can expand their knowledge about the Menominee people and their preservation efforts with a resource like this video.
  • To make the effects addressed in the assessment more concrete, students can discuss how they notice climate change impacting their lives or how the impacts outlined will affect their lives.
  • Students in English language arts classes can create public service announcements about the human health impacts of climate change.
Scientist Notes
This resource is a curated list of chapters from the National Climate Assessment focusing on the Midwest United States. The NCA consists of work from some of the top climate scientists across the country. This resource is recommended for teaching.
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-2 Analyze and interpret data on natural hazards to forecast future catastrophic events and inform the development of technologies to mitigate their effects.
      • HS-ESS3-1 Construct an explanation based on evidence for how the availability of natural resources, occurrence of natural hazards, and changes in climate have influenced human activity.
    • 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.
    • LS1: From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
      • MS-LS1-5 Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for how environmental and genetic factors influence the growth of organisms.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Civics
      • D2.Civ.12.9-12 Analyze how people use and challenge local, state, national, and international laws to address a variety of public issues.
      • D2.Civ.5.9-12 Evaluate citizens' and institutions' effectiveness in addressing social and political problems at the local, state, tribal, national, and/or international level.
    • Dimension 2: Geography
      • D2.Geo.11.6-8 Explain how the relationship between the environmental characteristics of places and production of goods influences the spatial patterns of world trade.
  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Reading: Informational Text (K-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.6.1 Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
    • Reading: Science & Technical Subjects (6-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.9-10.2 Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; trace the text's explanation or depiction of a complex process, phenomenon, or concept; provide an accurate summary of the text.
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