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The Climate Initiative


7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th


Science, Biology, Earth and Space Sciences

Resource Types

  • Lesson Plan
  • Activity - Classroom
  • Presentation Slides
  • Interactive Media

Regional Focus



Google Slides, YouTube Video

Sea Level Rise Lessons

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  • This series of six lessons are designed to educate, empower, and activate students to look at climate change through economic, social, and ecological lenses. 
  • The lessons culminate in a student-led action project which can be a whole-class or individual activity.
  • The lessons coordinate with this Learning Lab resource.
Teaching Tips


  • Detailed teacher tips are included for each of the lessons. 
  • Google Slide presentations are included, as well as several linked resource articles, videos, a Bitmoji classroom, and case studies.

Additional Prerequisites

  • If a teacher chooses to click on icons instead of the hypertext to reach related modules, some of the links are broken.
  • The vocabulary is quite rigorous, so a definition list will be helpful.
  • Attached videos click through to YouTube, so teachers need to have YouTube access in the classroom.


  • Teachers can click through to access several related modules of lesson plans and student activities.
  • Math classes can utilize Lesson 3, which includes graphing data and extra data sets.
  • The lessons are clearly explained and all materials are provided, so the information will be beneficial for substitute teachers.
  • English teachers can utilize the case studies in Lesson 2 as an introduction to personal narratives.
Scientist Notes
This resource is very well-cited and the explanation of sea level rise is accurate. In these lessons, students can explore the science of how climate change is causing the seas to rise.
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS2: Earth's Systems
      • HS-ESS2-2 Analyze geoscience data to make the claim that one change to Earth’s surface can create feedbacks that cause changes to other Earth systems.
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-3 Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.
      • HS-ESS3-5 Analyze geoscience data and the results from global climate models to make an evidence-based forecast of the current rate of global or regional climate change and associated future impacts to Earth systems.
    • 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.
  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Reading: Science & Technical Subjects (6-12)
      • 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.6-8.9 Compare and contrast the information gained from experiments, simulations, video, or multimedia sources with that gained from reading a text on the same topic.
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