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6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, AP® / College


Science, Social Studies, Earth and Space Sciences, Geography, Engineering

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Adaptation - Floating Gardens of Bangladesh

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  • This video examines the challenge of climate change in Bangladesh, specifically the adaptations of citizens to the growing issue of flooding. 
  • Students will learn about several innovative engineering solutions to the dilemmas of sea level rise and changing monsoons, such as floating agricultural farms, schools, and communities.  
Teaching Tips


  • Students will engage with this educational video since the narrator takes a hands-on approach to studying how indigenous people adapt to living with too much water.
  • Students will view small animal farms and floating agricultural farms, schools, and communities.
  • Teachers can share the video to a Google classroom, via social media, or as a link provided to students learning virtually.
  • Support questions, activities, and a printable world map are available on the site.

Additional Prerequisites

  • A few words in the closed captioning differ from the narration.
  • Teachers may wish to have an introductory discussion about the word "adaptation" before showing the video.
  • Students should have prior knowledge of both climate change and global warming.
  • Teachers and students will need internet access.
  • There is a lesson plan available for this Adaptation Series.


  • Students in Social Studies classes can discuss the choice of becoming a climate refugee versus adapting to the changes in climate not only in Bangladesh but in many parts of the world.
  • Science teachers can assign engineering research projects based on the video.
  • English teachers can assign the video as a starting point for a summarizing paragraph writing activity.
  • This video could support a class discussion of how engineering design offers answers to climate change questions.
  • A floating school is prominently featured, so teachers can have students compare and contrast that school with their own.
Scientist Notes
In this video, viewers learn about climate change impacts in Bangladesh, primarily about water and flooding, and some innovative ways locals are adapting to these changes through building floating structures. The video focuses on climate adaptation and impacts as opposed to the cause of climate change. This example can provide students with concrete examples of climate solutions, which also provides some positivity to conversations about climate change. The information presented is accurate, and this resource is recommended for teaching.
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS2: Earth's Systems
      • HS-ESS2-5 Plan and conduct an investigation of the properties of water and its effects on Earth materials and surface processes.
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • 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
      • MS-ETS1-1 Define the criteria and constraints of a design problem with sufficient precision to ensure a successful solution, taking into account relevant scientific principles and potential impacts on people and the natural environment that may limit possible solutions.
      • 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.
      • HS-ETS1-3 Evaluate a solution to a complex real-world problem based on prioritized criteria and trade-offs that account for a range of constraints, including cost, safety, reliability, and aesthetics, as well as possible social, cultural, and environmental impacts.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Geography
      • D2.Geo.10.6-8 Analyze the ways in which cultural and environmental characteristics vary among various regions of the world.
      • 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.
      • D2.Geo.12.9-12 Evaluate the consequences of human-made and natural catastrophes on global trade, politics, and human migration.
      • D2.Geo.9.9-12 Evaluate the influence of long-term climate variability on human migration and settlement patterns, resource use, and land uses at local-to-global scales.
  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Speaking & Listening (K-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.6.2 Interpret information presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and explain how it contributes to a topic, text, or issue under study.
    • Writing: History, Science & Technical Subjects (6-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.WHST.11-12.7 Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question) or solve a problem; narrow or broaden the inquiry when appropriate; synthesize multiple sources on the subject, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.
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