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Adélie Penguins

NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)

A short video that discusses how changing climate is affecting the population of Adélie penguins.

Video length: 2:17 min.

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Middle School: 1 Disciplinary Core Idea
High School: 4 Disciplinary Core Ideas

Climate Literacy
About Teaching Climate Literacy

Climate's role in habitats ranges and adaptation of species to climate changes
About Teaching Principle 3
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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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Teaching Tips

  • Focus on salient point about how the western Antarctic peninsula has increased in temp by 11 degrees F, which is greater than global averages.
  • Also see the Palmer Station Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) website: http://pal.lternet.edu/.
  • Could extend the video topic by having students investigate more up-to-date information on the status of the Adélie Penguins.

About the Science

  • Video addresses how warming temperatures and resulting decrease in sea ice is changing Adélie habitats, reducing their food supply of krill and increasing competition with Chin Strap and Gentoo penguins, which are more suited to this changing habitat.
  • Comments from expert scientist: This a great, simple, and likeable video to demonstrate the effects of climate change on penguins. The video was a good length, addressed the problem, data to show that there is climate change and effects on the Adelie's population, competition from other species, and what steps are being taken to monitor the situation.

About the Pedagogy

  • Written script of narration is provided below the video screen as well as subtitled on the video image.
  • Images are engaging and narration is easy to follow.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • Excellent graphics and story.

Next Generation Science Standards See how this Video supports:

Middle School

Disciplinary Core Ideas: 1

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: 4

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

HS-LS4.C4:Changes in the physical environment, whether naturally occurring or human induced, have thus contributed to the expansion of some species, the emergence of new distinct species as populations diverge under different conditions, and the decline–and sometimes the extinction–of some species.

HS-LS4.C5:Species become extinct because they can no longer survive and reproduce in their altered environment. If members cannot adjust to change that is too fast or drastic, the opportunity for the species’ evolution is lost.

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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