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Author

OER Project

Grades

9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, AP® / College

Subjects

Science, Social Studies, Biology, Earth and Space Sciences

Resource Types

  • Interactive Media
  • Activity - Classroom
  • Videos, CC
  • Worksheets
  • Articles and Websites
  • Charts, Graphs, and Tables
  • Lesson Plans

Regional Focus

Global

Format

PDF

Climate Project Extension Course

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Synopsis
  • In this comprehensive online course, students will learn about the causes and effects climate change, the difference between adaptation and mitigation, and the many solutions and actions to address climate change.
  • The course includes various readings, activities, infographics, videos, and a comprehensive teaching guide for educators.
  • The course is divided into five units, each with 3-5 online lessons included.
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • The online course can be used as a whole or in sections to complement or add lessons to your curriculum.
  • The teacher portal includes access to forums, a blog, events, and professional development and planning resources for educators.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students will need access to the Internet for the interactive parts of the course.
  • The readings, worksheets, and discussion questions can be completed offline.

Differentiation

  • This course can be added in at the end of the year, post-exams, or anytime during the year.
  • The course can be used in science classes during lessons about climate change and human impacts on the environment.
  • The individual lessons within the units can be integrated into various classes and lessons.
  • The last unit on taking action can be used for student projects, civics lessons, and career discussions.
Scientist Notes
This resource contains activities for students to learn and develop policies for climate action. There is a high confidence in using this resource for teaching.
Standards
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • CCC.Cause and Effect: Mechanism and Prediction: Events have causes, sometimes simple, sometimes multifaceted. Deciphering causal relationships, and the mechanisms by which they are mediated, is a major activity of science and engineering.
      • HS-CCC-Cause and Effect.2. Cause and effect relationships can be suggested and predicted for complex natural and human designed systems by examining what is known about smaller scale mechanisms within the system.
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • HS-ESS3-6 Use a computational representation to illustrate the relationships among Earth systems and how those relationships are being modified due to human activity.
    • ETS1: Engineering Design
      • 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.
    • LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
      • HS-LS2-7 Design, evaluate, and refine a solution for reducing the impacts of human activities on the environment and biodiversity.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Civics
      • D2.Civ.5.9-12 Evaluate citizens' and institutions' effectiveness in addressing social and political problems at the local, state, tribal, national, and/or international level.
    • Dimension 4: Taking Informed Action
      • D4.6.9-12 Use disciplinary and interdisciplinary lenses to understand the characteristics and causes of local, regional, and global problems; instances of such problems in multiple contexts; and challenges and opportunities faced by those trying to address these problems over time and place.
  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Reading: Informational Text (K-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.11-12.7 Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in different media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively) as well as in words in order to address a question or solve a problem.
    • Reading: Science & Technical Subjects (6-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.9-10.1 Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts, attending to the precise details of explanations or descriptions.
    • Speaking & Listening (K-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.11-12.1 Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 11-12 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
    • Writing (K-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.11-12.1 Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.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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