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The Arctic: Our First Sign of Climate Change
http://oceantoday.noaa.gov/firstsignofclimatechange/

World Wildlife Fund (WWF), NOAA Oceantoday

This video provides an overview of changes happening in the Arctic.

Video length 3 min.

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Middle School: 5 Disciplinary Core Ideas
High School: 2 Disciplinary Core Ideas

Climate Literacy
About Teaching Climate Literacy

Equilibrium and feedback loops in climate system
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Global warming and especially arctic warming is recorded in natural geological and historic records
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Climate is variable
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Teaching Tips

  • Has a downloadable version.
  • This video can act as a motivational excerpt to prompt students to ask questions.

About the Science

  • The video collection from this source is reliable and reputable.
  • Comments from expert scientist: This video provides scientifically accurate information regarding Arctic climate change and how it interacts with global climate change. It provides interesting and useful visual aids regarding the sea ice albedo feedback while relating to people that may be less interested in science with animals. It also has the seal of NOAA, a government agency.

About the Pedagogy

  • The videos on this site are limited in length and therefore may be best used as introductory material to a unit on climate change.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • Technical quality good with hearing-impaired text running across the bottom.

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NOAA's Ocean Today website: http://oceantoday.noaa.gov

Next Generation Science Standards See how this Video supports:

Middle School

Disciplinary Core Ideas: 5

MS-ESS2.C3:Global movements of water and its changes in form are propelled by sunlight and gravity.

MS-ESS2.C4:Variations in density due to variations in temperature and salinity drive a global pattern of interconnected ocean currents.

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-ESS2.D3:The ocean exerts a major influence on weather and climate by absorbing energy from the sun, releasing it over time, and globally redistributing it through ocean currents.

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: 2

HS-ESS2.A1:Earth’s systems, being dynamic and interacting, cause feedback effects that can increase or decrease the original changes.

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.


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