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Authors

Project Look Sharp, Sox Sperry

Grades

6th, 7th, 8th

Subjects

Science, Social Studies, Biology, Geography

Resource Types

  • Activity - Classroom, 10-40 minutes
  • Worksheet
  • Lesson Plan
  • Presentation Slides

Regional Focus

Global

Format

PDF, Microsoft Powerpoint

Climate: Climate Change & Biodiversity

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Synopsis
  • In this activity, students will learn how climate change affects biodiversity and how media messaging can influence people's perspectives on a topic. 
  • This resource includes a student worksheet, a lesson plan, a PowerPoint presentation, and a student handout. 
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • Students will learn that climate change destroys habitats and limits biodiversity.
  • Teachers can adapt this lesson for virtual learning by presenting the PowerPoint over Zoom or sharing it on a virtual platform.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Teachers must create a free account to access the materials.
  • Teachers may want to go over this handout on analyzing media messages before students complete the worksheet.
  • The lesson plan refers to a "constructivist media decoding process;" these materials will help teachers to understand the goals and design of the lesson.

Differentiation

  • Students could respond to questions individually or in small groups before discussing the questions as a class.
  • Biology classes could research invasive species in local ecosystems. Students could discuss how the invasive species are making it difficult for native species to survive.
  • Other resources on this topic include this interactive mapping tool that shows the restoration potential for sites around the world, this video about the importance of biodiversity, and this TED-Ed video on the need for ecosystem and species diversity.
Scientist Notes

This resource is recommended for teaching students to understand how to use nature-based solutions to protect their biodiversity and other ecosystem services being impacted by climate change. There is no contradiction in the resource.

Standards
  • 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.
    • LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
      • MS-LS2-4 Construct an argument supported by empirical evidence that changes to physical or biological components of an ecosystem affect populations.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Geography
      • D2.Geo.2.6-8 Use maps, satellite images, photographs, and other representations to explain relationships between the locations of places and regions, and changes in their environmental characteristics.
      • D2.Geo.10.6-8 Analyze the ways in which cultural and environmental characteristics vary among various regions of the world.
  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Reading: Science & Technical Subjects (6-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.6-8.1 Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts.
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.6-8.7 Integrate quantitative or technical information expressed in words in a text with a version of that information expressed visually (e.g., in a flowchart, diagram, model, graph, or table).
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