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Authors

Project Look Sharp, Sox Sperry

Grades

6th, 7th, 8th

Subjects

Science, English Language Arts, Visual and Performing Arts

Resource Types

  • Activity - Classroom, 10-40 minutes
  • Video, 2 minutes
  • Video, 1 minute, 20 seconds
  • Lesson Plan
  • Worksheet

Regional Focus

Polar Regions

Format

PDF, Downloadable MP4/M4V

Sea Level Rise: Climate Change Impacts

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Synopsis
  • In this activity, students will look critically at web content and videos from The Guardian, The International Forecaster, and The Climate Institute about the impacts of sea level rise due to melting polar ice and glaciers.
  • The resource includes a student worksheet, lesson plan, student handout, and two downloadable video clips.
Teaching Tips
Positives
  • The lesson plan offers many possible variations, depending on your focus.
Additional Prerequisites
  • Teachers must create a free account to access the materials.
  • The worksheet asks students about the reliability of the sources they are given, so you will need to provide instruction on how they can determine this.
  • Be sure you have researched the sources ahead of time so you are aware of their viewpoints and biases.
Differentiation
  • The lesson plan refers to a "constructivist media decoding process," details about which can be found in the lesson plan. 
  • You may want to use some process or protocol where students are responding to questions individually and in small groups before discussing as a whole class.
  • The reading for this activity is a bit dense, so a structured reading process may help some students.
  • Other resources about sea level rise include this NASA resource, this NOAA resource, and this StC lesson plan
Scientist Notes

Datasets used fit in modeling future climate projections and scenarios. This resource can engage students on how to manage data, analyze, determine the factors that contribute to climate change, and compute estimates for future climate change impact on human settlement, sea level rise, and other weather events. This is recommended for teaching.

Standards
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS2: Earth's Systems
      • MS-ESS2-4 Develop a model to describe the cycling of water through Earth's systems driven by energy from the sun and the force of gravity.
    • 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: Geography
      • D2.Geo.2.6-8 Use maps, satellite images, photographs, and other representations to explain relationships between the locations of places and regions, and changes in their environmental characteristics.
      • D2.Geo.8.6-8 Analyze how relationships between humans and environments extend or contract spatial patterns of settlement and movement.
  • 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.6-8.6 Analyze the author's purpose in providing an explanation, describing a procedure, or discussing an experiment in a text.
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.6-8.7 Integrate quantitative or technical information expressed in words in a text with a version of that information expressed visually (e.g., in a flowchart, diagram, model, graph, or table).
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