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Author

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Grades

9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Subjects

Science, Social Studies, Biology, Earth and Space Sciences, Civics

Resource Type

  • Articles and Websites

Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - Midwest, Wisconsin

Wisconsin DNR: Climate Action

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Synopsis
  • This article has a resource list on Wisconsin's efforts to mitigate the impacts of climate change, conserve wildlife within the state, and address issues of environmental equity.
  • Students can learn about Wisconsin's greenhouse gas emission inventory, the state's trout management plan, and the Wisconsin Environmental Equity Tool (WEET) that is currently being developed.
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • The resource list is split into neat categories that are easy to navigate.
  • Some of the resources specifically look at capturing carbon using trees.

Additional Prerequisites

  • If you left-click the links you won't be taken to a new tab. 
  • Students should have a basic understanding of environmental equity.

Differentiation

  • The trout management plan could support a lesson on how climate change is impacting animal populations around the world.
  • The resource titled "Wisconsin Clean Energy Policies" could enhance a classroom discussion on the Wisconsin government's effectiveness at implementing clean energy.
  • The resource titled "Trillion Trees Pledge" could supplement a lesson on the carbon cycle and carbon sinks.
  • The "Wisconsin Greenhouse Gas Emission Inventory" could enhance a lesson about the sources of greenhouse gas emissions, how these emissions are impacting the planet, and how they can be limited.
Scientist Notes
This resource brings you to a collection of 25 links from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Then links bring you to various resources, including press releases, tools, and educational materials surrounding the topic of climate action. All of the links on this page have been reviewed and contain scientifically accurate information. The links all cite their sources, many of which are from peer-reviewed journals. This page and the links therein all have passed SubjectToClimate's review process and are recommended for teaching.
Standards
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
      • HS-LS2-6 Evaluate the claims, evidence, and reasoning that the complex interactions in ecosystems maintain relatively consistent numbers and types of organisms in stable conditions, but changing conditions may result in a new ecosystem.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Civics
      • D2.Civ.5.9-12 Evaluate citizens' and institutions' effectiveness in addressing social and political problems at the local, state, tribal, national, and/or international level.
  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Reading: Informational Text (K-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.11-12.7 Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in different media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively) as well as in words in order to address a question or solve a problem.
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