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Causes and Effects of Climate Change

Author: National Geographic
Grades: 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Subjects: Science, Earth and Space Sciences
Format: YouTube Video
Resource Type:
  • Video, 3 minutes, 4 seconds, CC, Subtitles
  • In this introductory video students gain background information on the causes and effects of climate change. 
Teaching Tips


  • The video provides introductory information on climate change that can be used for multiple age ranges.
  • Provides graphics and closed captioning to support students with different learning styles.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should be familiar with the difference between weather and climate. A prior class discussion on what students know about climate change may be helpful.


  • Video provides closed captioning and graphics for ELL and ESE students.
  • Having students complete a graphic organizer on the causes and effects of climate change in pairs or groups can help deepen learning on the topic.
Scientist Notes

This resource will deepen students' understanding on the greenhouse effect. It highlights the important gases that cause global warming. The content is valid and recommended for teaching.

  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-3 Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.
      • MS-ESS3-5 Ask questions to clarify evidence of the factors that have caused the rise in global temperatures over the past century.
      • 4-ESS3-1 Obtain and combine information to describe that energy and fuels are derived from natural resources and that their uses affect the environment.
      • 4-ESS3-2 Generate and compare multiple solutions to reduce the impacts of natural Earth processes on humans.
    • ESS2: Earth's Systems
      • 3-ESS2-2 Obtain and combine information to describe climates in different regions of the world.
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