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Science, Social Studies, Biology, Earth and Space Sciences

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  • Videos, 3 minutes, 16 seconds, CC
  • Worksheets
  • Articles and Websites

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  • Chapter 6 of the Our Climate Our Future series contains a video, student worksheet, and three articles for additional reading.
  • The video explains that human-caused climate change is happening right now and further explains how and why some people spread misinformation about climate change.
  • The readings address changes in global temperatures, weather patterns (such as El Nino), ocean heat, sea level rise, and the water cycle.
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  • This is a great resource to use virtually because it includes a Google Doc worksheet and online student readings.
  • It teaches empathy by explaining the misinformation campaigns, but also encourages critical thinking. 

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Scientist Notes

Climate change is real and has been proven by climate scientists, including the IPCC and others. The resource explains the role humans contribute to increasing CO2 which eventually warms the planet. However, the video states that variation in the earth's orbit is a major cause of natural changes to climate. But this is not the only natural cause. We have other important natural factors such as the sun's angle/intensity, natural greenhouse gases, volcanic eruptions, continentality effect, and the other Milankovich cycles which cause climate change at a slower pace.

  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS2: Earth's Systems
      • HS-ESS2-4 Use a model to describe how variations in the flow of energy into and out of Earth’s systems result in changes in climate.
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-5 Ask questions to clarify evidence of the factors that have caused the rise in global temperatures over the past century.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Civics
      • D2.Civ.10.6-8 Explain the relevance of personal interests and perspectives, civic virtues, and democratic principles when people address issues and problems in government and civil society.
    • Dimension 3: Gathering and Evaluating Sources
      • D3.2.6-8 Evaluate the credibility of a source by determining its relevance and intended use.
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