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Oregon Climate Change Research Institute, Oregon Department of Energy


8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, AP® / College


Science, Social Studies, Biology, Earth and Space Sciences, Economics, English Language Arts, Health

Resource Types

  • Article
  • Scientific Papers or Reports, 249 pages

Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - West, Oregon



OCCRI’s Sixth Climate Assessment Outlines Climate Change Effects on Oregon

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  • This summary briefly describes the findings of the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute's scientific report, specifically related to the effects of climate change on the environment, economy, public health, and community. 
  • Students will learn about the negative effects of climate change in Oregon, the economic impacts of climate change in Oregon, and how these changes may impact the public.
Teaching Tips


  • This article is a concise read that will deliver a thorough summary of OCCRI's findings regarding the effects of climate change on Oregon.
  • The article is well-written for student readers, with subtitles, bolded words, and varied vocabulary. 

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should be familiar with the concepts of climate change and the economy.


  • This resource would work equally well in science or social studies classes that are discussing climate change's effects of different elements of the environment and the communities living within the environment. 
  • This article would make an excellent resource for students in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest, as they will be able to connect to the information presented. Have students share out what effects of climate change they've experienced, reflect on the article's findings, and think about future impacts of climate change on their lives.
  • Older students would benefit from interacting with or reading the scientific report, which can be found by following the first link in the article.
  • For less advanced students, a Venn Diagram would be a great activity for this article. Which effects of climate change are similar between Oregon and their community? Which are different?
  • Social studies classes could reference the scientific paper's section about tribal resilience to climate change and discuss the challenges Native peoples face in many parts of the world.
Scientist Notes
This resource is the Oregon Department of Energy's Climate Assessment and, in my opinion, is on par with the IPCC reports (regarding the quality). It is well-cited and researched, and lets the science and data guide the recommendations. This resource is highly encouraged for teaching.
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-4 Construct an argument supported by evidence for how increases in human population and per-capita consumption of natural resources impact Earth's systems.
      • MS-ESS3-5 Ask questions to clarify evidence of the factors that have caused the rise in global temperatures over the past century.
  • 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.11-12.1 Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts, attending to important distinctions the author makes and to any gaps or inconsistencies in the account.
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.11-12.2 Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; summarize complex concepts, processes, or information presented in a text by paraphrasing them in simpler but still accurate terms.
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.11-12.10 By the end of grade 12, read and comprehend science/technical texts in the grades 11-CCR text complexity band independently and proficiently.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Economics
      • D2.Eco.15.9-12 Explain how current globalization trends and policies affect economic growth, labor markets, rights of citizens, the environment, and resource and income distribution in different nations.
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