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Take Aim At Climate Change

Polar Palooza.com

This music video features a rap song about some of the causes and effects of climate change with the goal of increasing awareness of climate change and how it will impact nature and humans.

Video length: 4 min.

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Middle School: 2 Disciplinary Core Ideas
High School: 3 Disciplinary Core Ideas

Climate Literacy
About Teaching Climate Literacy

Actions taken by different levels of society can mitigate climate change and increase preparedness for current and future generations
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Evidence is that human impacts are playing an increasing role in 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.
One way to manage energy resources is through conservation.
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6.2 Conserving energy.
Social and technological innovation affects the amount of energy used by human society.
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6.5 Social and technological innovation.
Greenhouse gases affect energy flow through the Earth system.
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2.6 Greenhouse gases affect energy flow.

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Teaching Tips | Science | Pedagogy | Technical Details

Teaching Tips

  • The video offers potential inspiration for students to do their own videos about climate science and solutions.
  • Excellent use of media to reach general public on some general issues of climate change. Students of middle school level or early high school may respond best.
  • The informational screens have not been vetted by CLEAN for scientific accuracy.
  • Resources provided in the lyrics have not been vetted by CLEAN, but the songs are relatively general in nature, so this shouldn't be an issue to use this material in class.
  • The instructor might note that some of the resources cited in the lyrics document should be inspected for credibility.
  • Might be construed as "cheesy" by high school students, but is appropriate and may be well-received by elementary and middle school students.

About the Science

  • Produced through the NSF and NASA funded Polar Palooza project.
  • Advocating awareness and action to address climate change.
  • Comments from expert scientist: The information is pretty basic, therefore the strengths are basic as well.

About the Pedagogy

  • The video uses a unique form to inspire kids to learn more about climate change.
  • The website also includes links to lyrics to the song that are annotated with the sources of the information in the lyrics.
  • Various downloadable PDF files with the words of each climate rap song and links to additional resources explaining the lyrics are provided.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • There are a variety of platforms for downloading the video.
  • The screen size is not adjustable.

Next Generation Science Standards See how this Video supports:

Middle School

Disciplinary Core Ideas: 2

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.D1:Human activities, such as the release of greenhouse gases from burning fossil fuels, are major factors in the current rise in Earth’s mean surface temperature (global warming). Reducing the level of climate change and reducing human vulnerability to whatever climate changes do occur depend on the understanding of climate science, engineering capabilities, and other kinds of knowledge, such as understanding of human behavior and on applying that knowledge wisely in decisions and activities.

High School

Disciplinary Core Ideas: 3

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.D1:Though the magnitudes of human impacts are greater than they have ever been, so too are human abilities to model, predict, and manage current and future impacts.

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