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Changing Climate: Changing Habitats
http://changingthebalance.thinkport.org/changing_climate_changing_habitatstc.html

Thinkport, Maryland Public Television

This video looks at the impact of changing climate on animal habitats around the world, showing how different creatures are responding to changing temperatures and precipitation patterns.

Video length: 5:25 minutes.

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Middle School: 5 Disciplinary Core Ideas
High School: 6 Disciplinary Core Ideas

Climate Literacy
About Teaching Climate Literacy

Climate's role in habitats ranges and adaptation of species to climate changes
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Climate impacts ecosystems and past species extinctions
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Life affects climate; climate affects life
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Evidence shows that human-caused global warming have impacted ecosystem resulting in reduced biodiversity and ecological resilience
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Ecosystems on land and in the ocean have been and will continue to be disturbed by climate change
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Human health and well-being will be affected to different degrees from the impacts from climate change
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Energy Literacy

Environmental quality is impacted by energy choices.
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7.3 Environmental quality.
Some populations are more vulnerable to impacts of energy choices than others.
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7.6 Vulnerable populations.
Humans live within Earth's ecosystems.
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3.6 Humans live within Earth's ecosystems..

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  • This video will likely work best by using it in conjunction with the other elements on this website that discuss the role of mosquitoes in the spread of disease.
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About the Science

  • The narration is pitched at an introductory level without a lot of details.
  • Passed initial science review - expert science review pending.

About the Pedagogy

  • After viewing this video, students should be able to explain how changes in temperature and precipitation can impact habitat distribution in the cases of the Edith’s checkerspot butterflies, malaria-carrying and West Nile virus-carrying mosquitoes, and polar bears.
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Next Generation Science Standards See how this Video supports:

Middle School

Disciplinary Core Ideas: 5

MS-LS2.C1:Ecosystems are dynamic in nature; their characteristics can vary over time. Disruptions to any physical or biological component of an ecosystem can lead to shifts in all its populations.

MS-LS2.C2:Biodiversity describes the variety of species found in Earth’s terrestrial and oceanic ecosystems. The completeness or integrity of an ecosystem’s biodiversity is often used as a measure of its health

MS-LS4.D1:Changes in biodiversity can influence humans’ resources, such as food, energy, and medicines, as well as ecosystem services that humans rely on—for example, water purification and recycling.

MS-ESS2.D1:Weather and climate are influenced by interactions involving sunlight, the ocean, the atmosphere, ice, landforms, and living things. These interactions vary with latitude, altitude, and local and regional geography, all of which can affect oceanic and atmospheric flow patterns.

MS-ESS3.C1:Human activities have significantly altered the biosphere, sometimes damaging or destroying natural habitats and causing the extinction of other species. But changes to Earth’s environments can have different impacts (negative and positive) for different living things.

High School

Disciplinary Core Ideas: 6

HS-ESS2.D1:The foundation for Earth’s global climate systems is the electromagnetic radiation from the sun, as well as its reflection, absorption, storage, and redistribution among the atmosphere, ocean, and land systems, and this energy’s re-radiation into space.

HS-ESS2.E1:The many dynamic and delicate feedbacks between the biosphere and other Earth systems cause a continual co-evolution of Earth’s surface and the life that exists on it.

HS-ESS3.C1:The sustainability of human societies and the biodiversity that supports them requires responsible management of natural resources.

HS-LS2.C1:A complex set of interactions within an ecosystem can keep its numbers and types of organisms relatively constant over long periods of time under stable conditions. If a modest biological or physical disturbance to an ecosystem occurs, it may return to its more or less original status (i.e., the ecosystem is resilient), as opposed to becoming a very different ecosystem. Extreme fluctuations in conditions or the size of any population, however, can challenge the functioning of ecosystems in terms of resources and habitat availability.

HS-LS2.C2:Moreover, anthropogenic changes (induced by human activity) in the environment—including habitat destruction, pollution, introduction of invasive species, overexploitation, and climate change—can disrupt an ecosystem and threaten the survival of some species.

HS-LS4.D1:Humans depend on the living world for the resources and other benefits provided by biodiversity. But human activity is also having adverse impacts on biodiversity through overpopulation, overexploitation, habitat destruction, pollution, introduction of invasive species, and climate change. Thus sustaining biodiversity so that ecosystem functioning and productivity are maintained is essential to supporting and enhancing life on Earth. Sustaining biodiversity also aids humanity by preserving landscapes of recreational or inspirational value.


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