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Feeling the Sting of Climate Change


This video on phenology of plants and bees discusses the MODIS satellite finding that springtime greening is happening one half-day earlier each year and correlates this to bee pollination field studies.

Video length 5 minutes.

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Middle School: 3 Disciplinary Core Ideas
High School: 2 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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Evidence is that human impacts are playing an increasing role in climate change
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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

  • Spring green-up timing events could be examined over time for students to compare data themselves. Students could also participate in their own community to educate the public about more sustainable practices around the neighborhood.
  • This video could be embedded in any lesson on plants ecosystems phenology. The HoneyBeeNet citizens science website (http://honeybeenet.gsfc.nasa.gov/) is a great way for students to see how important data can be collected by non-scientists.
  • Teachers could include with this video a discussion of what green-up starting "half-a-day earlier" globally means on a global scale vs. what might be the case on a local/regional scale.

About the Science

  • In the Spring, farms and fields go through a symphony of pollination and the animals that feed on the pollen and nectar are going through changes. The Spring green-up is a global phenomenon that can be seen from space using satellites. Video time-lapse visuals show how green our planet typically is - but the green-up is starting earlier - the likely cause is our warming climate.
  • Comments from expert scientist:
    Scientific strengths:
    - Shows importance of satellite imagery in detecting temporal and spacial greenery on the planet
    - Explains how the weight of hives can show pollination patterns
    - Demonstrates importance of ground data and satellite data simultaneously
    - Explains that plants and pollinators could move out of sync - plants don't get pollinated and bees don't get fed
    - Modern agriculture depends on bees, which means we depend on bees for food

About the Pedagogy

  • The video is short and can easily supplement an existing curriculum that addresses changes on Earth as evidence of climate change - specifically linked with something common like bees.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • Visual images are great and well-paired with the content.

Next Generation Science Standards See how this Video supports:

Middle School

Disciplinary Core Ideas: 3

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.

MS-ESS3.C2:Typically as human populations and per-capita consumption of natural resources increase, so do the negative impacts on Earth unless the activities and technologies involved are engineered otherwise.

High School

Disciplinary Core Ideas: 2

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

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