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OER Project

Grades

9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, AP® / College

Subjects

Science, Social Studies, Earth and Space Sciences, Civics, Geography

Resource Types

  • Lesson Plan
  • Activity - Classroom
  • Video, CC
  • Worksheet
  • Article
  • Data
  • Interactive Media
  • Artwork
  • Project

Regional Focus

Global

Format

PDF, Downloadable MP4/M4V

Climate Project Extension Course

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Synopsis
  • In this online course, students will learn about the importance of reaching net zero greenhouse gas emissions, conduct in-depth research on the main contributors to greenhouse gas emissions, and understand what taking climate action entails.
  • Covering topics like energy, industry, and agriculture, the course also includes various readings paired with worksheets and activities, infographics, interactive charts, many videos, lesson plans for educators, and a final project.
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • The resource includes both a student and teacher portal where teachers can access lesson plans and create classrooms, and students can access the course and assignments. 
  • Students engage in a group project to apply their knowledge and develop their own climate solutions.
  • The teacher portal includes access to forums, a blog, events, and professional development and planning resources for educators.

Additional Prerequisites

  • The teacher and students must create an account to access the course.
  • The course should take about three weeks to complete.
  • Students will need access to the Internet for every part of the course besides the readings, worksheets, and videos, which can be printed.

Differentiation

  • Designed to fit into a course at the end of the year, post-exams, the course can be used anytime during the year during lessons about policy writing, activism, innovation, institutions, and development.
  • The course can also be used in science classes during lessons about climate change and human impacts on the environment.
  • It is recommended that students complete the course individually, then complete the Key Ideas questions as a class, and the final climate project in groups.
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)
    • 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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