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Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources


9th, 10th, 11th, 12th


Science, Social Studies, Biology, Civics, Health

Resource Type

  • Articles and Websites

Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - Midwest, Wisconsin

Climate Change Impacts in Wisconsin

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  • This article examines how climate change is impacting the health of Wisconsinites, exacerbating racial and socioeconomic inequities within the state, and causing a number of environmental issues in the state.
  • Students will learn about extreme heat events, populations more prone to pollution, the effects of extreme rain events, and how changing stream temperatures are affecting trout.
Teaching Tips


  • This article is succinct and well-organized.
  • This article also examines how climate change impacts multiple industries within Wisconsin.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students need to have a basic understanding of what climate change is.


  • This article could support a lesson on how climate change is altering environments around the world that are similar to Wisconsin.
  • This article could enhance a lesson on how climate change is impacting personal health among different groups.
  • This article could supplement a lesson on what executive orders are and how they're different from laws.
  • This article could augment a lesson on the importance of maintaining infrastructure and making improvements that will help cities adapt to changing environmental conditions.
Scientist Notes
This resource from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources highlights the work of the state’s Office of Environmental Justice and lists climate change impacts across the state. The article provides concise yet ample evidence of how climate change is impacting the people and industries in Wisconsin. An example given is that climate change has shifted the habitat for wild rice north, a food source that is culturally and spiritually important to Native Americans. This article features clear text, evocative images, and a link at the bottom of the page to a climate solutions article for further reading. This resource is recommended for teaching.
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
      • HS-LS2-6 Evaluate the claims, evidence, and reasoning that the complex interactions in ecosystems maintain relatively consistent numbers and types of organisms in stable conditions, but changing conditions may result in a new ecosystem.
  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Reading: Informational Text (K-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.11-12.2 Determine two or more central ideas of a text and analyze their development over the course of the text, including how they interact and build on one another to provide a complex analysis; provide an objective summary of the text.
  • National Health Education Standards
    • Standard 1: Students will comprehend concepts related to health promotion and disease prevention to enhance health.
      • 1.12.3 Analyze how environment and personal health are interrelated.
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