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Author

NOAA

Grades

9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, AP® / College

Subjects

Science, Social Studies, Earth and Space Sciences, Mathematics

Resource Types

  • Interactive Media
  • Scientific Papers or Reports
  • Data
  • Article

Regional Focus

North America, United States, Caribbean

Format

PDF

State Climate Summaries

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Synopsis
  • This interactive map links to the various National Climate Assessment Summaries for each state and territory, providing historical climate data, context for that data, and temperature change projections. 
  • Students will learn that many states are seeing an increase in extreme weather events, sea level rise is threatening coastal areas across the country, and greenhouse gas emissions will have a huge impact on future annual temperatures.
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • Each state summary within this tool is well-organized and thorough.
  • Each state summary can be downloaded as a PDF for offline use.

Additional Prerequisites

  • It may be beneficial if students already have an intermediate understanding of climate change.
  • Every state summary has a resource section with clickable links for further exploration.

Differentiation

  • Students can use this interactive tool for a research project on how climate change is impacting their home state.
  • This interactive tool can be used to create free-response questions about why the global climate has changed so much since the 20th century.
  • This interactive tool can supplement a classroom discussion where students consider their own state's efforts to combat climate change.
  • This interactive tool can enhance a classroom discussion on the connection between sea level rise and future coastal migration patterns.
Scientist Notes
This site is a collection of climate reports from each of the 50 states and U.S. territories. The reports discuss the past, current, and potential future climate of each area. These reports are also great examples of scientific writing and data visualization because they are written similar to scientific journal articles but are written for the public. NOAA has its own review system to assure the accuracy of each report. The science discussed and resources provided are accurate and this resource is recommended for teaching.
Standards
  • 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.
      • 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
      • 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.
  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Reading: Science & Technical Subjects (6-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.11-12.7 Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media (e.g., quantitative data, video, multimedia) in order to address a question or solve a problem.
  • Common Core Math Standards (CCSS.MATH)
    • Functions: Interpreting Functions (9-12)
      • CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.HSF.IF.B.6 Calculate and interpret the average rate of change of a function (presented symbolically or as a table) over a specified interval. Estimate the rate of change from a graph.
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