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Author

The Climate Initiative

Grades

9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, AP® / College

Subjects

Science, Social Studies, Biology, Earth and Space Sciences

Resource Types

  • Articles and Websites
  • Videos, 3 minutes, 23 seconds, CC, Subtitles

Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - Northeast, Maine, Coastal

Format

PDF

Slow the Rise Maine: High School Youth Action Project

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Synopsis
  • This article and video introduces the youth action project out of Kennebunk High School about sea level rise in Maine, which is a part of the Gulf of Maine Field Studies class at the University of New England.
  • Students will learn about the Gulf of Maine Field Studies class, the youth project focused on climate advocacy and active learning, and how Maine's coast is facing rising sea levels caused by global climate change.
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • The video is well-produced and engaging.
  • The article has an insightful section about traditional science education as a whole.

Additional Prerequisites

  • An advertisement may play before the video begins.
  • Students should understand what climate change is and how humans are contributing to it.

Differentiation

  • This resource could augment a lesson about sea level rise, climate mitigation, climate adaptation in coastal areas, and climate solutions.
  • This resource could enhance a classroom discussion on climate activism in America, what this activism has accomplished, and strategies the climate movement could employ to reach its goals.
  • After watching the video, the teacher could lead a brainstorming session where students consider how they can fight climate change in their own lives and protect the environment.
  • Have students research similar opportunities to do field work, learn about climate solutions, or participate in a climate-focused class in collaboration with a university in their area.
Scientist Notes
This resource from The Climate Initiative highlights the work of Kennebunk High School students as part of the Gulf of Maine Field Studies course at the University of New England. The resource describes how student participants are involved in fieldwork and engage social science research to share the impacts of climate change and to take meaningful action. A short film produced by students is included that inspires viewers to take action to mitigate climate change and sea level rise along the Gulf of Maine. Biographies and photos of all of the student scientists are included in a linked PDF, showing students that they too can be involved in this important work, just as their peers are. This resource features clear text, is inspiring, and is recommended for teaching.
Standards
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • HS-ESS3-1 Construct an explanation based on evidence for how the availability of natural resources, occurrence of natural hazards, and changes in climate have influenced human activity.
  • 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)
    • Speaking & Listening (K-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.11-12.3 Evaluate a speaker's point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric, assessing the stance, premises, links among ideas, word choice, points of emphasis, and tone used.
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