Polar Climate Change Lesson Plans

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Link to Resource: https://www.amnh.org/learn-teach/curriculum-collections/polar-climate-change-lesson-plans
Resource Type:Classroom Activities; Curricula and Instruction
Grade Level:
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Organization:American Museum of Natural History (AMNH)
Summary:These curricular unit plans help students explore and understand climate change with particular attention to the impact of climate change on the polar regions. Topics include the role of the polar regions in the global climate system, the impact of changing temperatures on ecosystems, and the effect of increased CO2 on food webs. Grade levels range from middle school to undergraduates. These lessons were developed by educators who completed the Museum's online teacher professional development course Climate Change. Seminars on Science offers Climate Change and other courses year round for educators who are interested in professional development or graduate credit. The development and review of these lesson plans was made possible through the PoLAR Partnership.
Earth Science Big Ideas:Big Idea 1; Big Idea 9
NGSS Discplinary Core Ideas:ESS2.D; ESS3.C; ESS3.D
NGSS Performance Expectations:5-ESS3-1; MS-ESS2-6; MS-ESS3-3; MS-ESS3-4; MS-ESS3-5
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices:Asking questions (for science) and defining problems (for engineering); Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering); Developing and using models; Engaging in argument from evidence; Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information
NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:Cause and effect: Mechanism and explanation; Stability and change; Systems and system models
Subjects: 6-8; 9-12; activities; antarctica; climate change; ecosystem; education; high school; higher education; lesson; middle school; professional development; teachers resources; undergraduate
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