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PBS Wisconsin Education


9th, 10th, 11th, 12th


Science, Social Studies, English Language Arts, Health

Resource Types

  • Article
  • Video, 2 minutes, 54 seconds, CC
  • Artwork

Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - Midwest, Wisconsin, Metro (CESA 1, 6)

Extreme Heat

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  • This spoken word poetic video highlights people in Wisconsin affected by extreme heat, while the article discusses the effects of extreme heat in Wisconsin, excessive heat warnings from the National Weather Service, and the people most vulnerable to heat-related illnesses. 
  • Students will learn about Wisconsin's death toll from extreme heat events and the conditions that make heat dangerous in Wisconsin, as compared to other locations.
Teaching Tips


  • The video contains an excellent spoken word poem from a young Milwaukee resident.
  • The article has links to additional resources.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should be aware of the link between climate change and extreme heat events.
  • Students should be aware of the historical and economic contexts of vulnerable groups.


  • This resource could supplement a lesson on the U.S. government's approach to climate change over the past four decades and the consequences of that approach.
  • This resource could augment a lesson on how climate change impacts the health of human populations.
  • For ELLs, it may be useful to define some words before these students dive into the reading.
  • This resource could enhance a classroom discussion on the long-lasting impacts of systemic racism in America.
  • Science classes can use this article and video as a hook for lessons about energy, heat, or homeostasis.
Scientist Notes
Heat waves are an emerging climate risk that pose a serious hazard to human health, especially to vulnerable populations. This resource describes the threat from heat waves that Wisconsin is facing and is recommended for teaching.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Civics
      • D2.Civ.13.9-12 Evaluate public policies in terms of intended and unintended outcomes, and related consequences.
  • 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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