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Our Changing Climate

Grades

4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Subjects

Science, Earth and Space Sciences

Resource Type

  • Video, 6 minutes, 36 seconds, CC, Subtitles

Regional Focus

Global, North America, United States

Format

YouTube Video

Why Climate Change Makes Extreme Weather Worse

Synopsis
  • This video discusses the reasons for and the evidence of more extreme weather events due to climate change. 
  • Students will learn about the need for a proactive approach to this issue, as well as mitigation and adaptation strategies and efforts. 
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • This video connects the dots between climate change and the increase in extreme weather events, with a focus on changes to the water cycle.

Additional Prerequisites

  • The video begins with a commercial. 
  • Students should be familiar with bar graphs and line graphs.

Differentiation

  • Cross-curricular connections could be made with social studies, civics, and economics as it discusses government policies that encourage the rebuilding of homes in flood-prone areas and the economic costs of these more frequent natural disasters.
  • Other resources on this topic include this TED-Ed video on the increase in extreme weather events and this video that explains how scientists demonstrate the links between climate change and extreme weather.
Scientist Notes

Climate change is making the weather more extreme. This resource provides students the knowledge to explore site-specific adaptive, mitigative measures and early warning and response strategies to build resilience to climate change impact. At 2:12 in the video, educators should note a misspelling of the word "precipitation" in the title of the chart. The data in the chart and other figures are accurate, and this resource is recommended for teaching.

Standards
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Civics
      • D2.Civ.12.6-8 Assess specific rules and laws (both actual and proposed) as means of addressing public problems.
  • 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
      • HS-ESS3-6 Use a computational representation to illustrate the relationships among Earth systems and how those relationships are being modified due to human activity.
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