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9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, AP® / College


Science, Earth and Space Sciences

Resource Type

  • Scientific Papers or Reports

Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - Northeast, New Jersey, Central Jersey, Jersey Shore, North Jersey, South Jersey



State of the Climate: New Jersey 2021 [Report]

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  • This detailed report explains the effects of climate change on New Jersey, such as changes in weather patterns, the effects of sea level rise, and how climate change disproportionately impacts already vulnerable populations. 
Teaching Tips


  • This resource provides an in-depth look into the climate of New Jersey in 2021. 
  • Graphs and charts help make the dense material easy to understand, especially for visual learners. 

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should be comfortable reading graphs.
  • Students should have a basic understanding of climate change. 


  • Cross-curricular connections can be made in health classes discussing how climate change impacts the health of New Jersey residents, and in language arts classes working on non-fiction reading comprehension strategies. 
  • Due to the length of this resource, it would work well in a jigsaw activity. Assign each student a section of the text and have them teach it to the class. 
  • Science and math classes can use this resource to see how data analysis and the scientific method are vital to solving crucial problems for humanity.
  • Social studies classes can use this report to help interpret the many ways that climate change affects communities.
Scientist Notes
This is a comprehensive report on New Jersey's climate prospects. The report contains thorough documentation that will help students better prepare for upcoming climate risks by giving them an understanding of the changing climate pattern, variability, and possibility of extreme weather occurrences. There are no scientific inconsistencies in this resource, and the datasets utilized in this report are in line with IPCC forecasts. Despite being unique to New Jersey, this material is excellent for the classroom.
  • 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-ESS2-7 Construct an argument based on evidence about the simultaneous coevolution of Earth’s systems and life on Earth.
    • 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.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Geography
      • D2.Geo.10.9-12 Evaluate how changes in the environmental and cultural characteristics of a place or region influence spatial patterns of trade and land use.
      • D2.Geo.9.9-12 Evaluate the influence of long-term climate variability on human migration and settlement patterns, resource use, and land uses at local-to-global scales.
  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Reading: Science & Technical Subjects (6-12)
      • 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.11-12.4 Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 11-12 texts and topics.
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.11-12.5 Analyze how the text structures information or ideas into categories or hierarchies, demonstrating understanding of the information or ideas.
      • 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.
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