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Author

ACE

Grades

6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Subjects

Science, Biology, Earth and Space Sciences, Climate Action

Resource Types

  • Video, 2 minutes, 1 second, CC, Subtitles
  • Worksheet

Regional Focus

Global

Format

PDF, YouTube Video

What Is Climate Change?

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  • This is the introductory episode to the "Our Climate, Our Future" series, connecting climate change to many different topics and encouraging young people to take action.
  • The video explains the seriousness of climate change and previews the topics that will be discussed in future videos.
  • There is also a discussion guide available to facilitate a class discussion after the video.

Positives

  • This is an engaging video that is hosted by students.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Teachers will need to register for a free account to access the video and guide.

Differentiation 

  • Pairing this video with another video in the ACE collection would be beneficial.
  • Social studies classes could use this video series to connect to lessons about civic duties, environmental justice, resource availability, and climate justice.
  • Science classes could use this video series to connect to lessons about the carbon cycle, the water cycle, ecosystems, pollution, and land-use changes.
  • Other resources to consider include this Crash Course video and this Khan Academy video

The video provides a brief introduction to climate change and its impact on humans. Every young person has a climate story to tell. Please note the following clarifications:

  • The problem of climate change has not been mostly "invisible" as narrated in the video. Climate change has been visible for many years and has been documented by scientists from all over the world.
  • The climate does not change "dangerously."  It is extreme, severe, moderate, or has no change.

This resource addresses the listed standards. To fully meet standards, search for more related resources.

  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • 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.
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