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Changing Climate, Changing Cities: Virtual Field Trip from Phoenix to Shenzhen

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  • This lesson takes students on a virtual field trip, discusses natural climate solutions, and encourages students to think about the various ways climate change affects different communities. 
  • Students learn about climate change, the effects of climate change on those cities, and mitigation efforts. 

Teaching Tips


  • A step-by-step teacher guide with discussion questions, video links, and optional resources to supplement the lesson.
  • Adaptable for elementary and middle school grade levels.
  • Can be incorporated into different subject areas (e.g. science, geography, etc).
  • Multiple lesson options.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should be familiar with certain vocabulary words pertaining to climate change. There is a vocabulary list offered in the lesson guide.


  • Videos provide closed captioning for ESE and ELL accommodations.
  • Lessons can be adapted to different grade levels and standards.
Scientist Notes
This resource is suitable to develop nature-based solutions to conserve forested areas and build resilience to climate change impact. The resource is recommended for teaching
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS2: Earth's Systems
      • 3-ESS2-1 Represent data in tables and graphical displays to describe typical weather conditions expected during a particular season.
      • 3-ESS2-2 Obtain and combine information to describe climates in different regions of the world.
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-5 Ask questions to clarify evidence of the factors that have caused the rise in global temperatures over the past century.
      • 5-ESS3-1 Obtain and combine information about ways individual communities use science ideas to protect the Earth’s resources and environment.
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