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Changing Climate: Changing Habitats

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
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Life affects climate; climate affects life
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Energy Literacy

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7.6 Vulnerable populations.
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3.6 Humans live within Earth's ecosystems..

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Teaching Tips

  • 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.
  • Additional suggestions for using this resource are available at the website.
  • Open the video in advance since it may be slow to load.

About the Science

  • The narration is pitched at an introductory level without a lot of details.
  • Comments from expert scientist:
    Scientific strengths:
    - explanation of how changes in temperature, precipitation, and habitat distribution change animal and plant distribution

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.
  • The video is packaged with background materials, transcript, standards, teaching suggestions, etc.
  • Includes background information, links, learning objectives, and an article for teachers.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • The video can be viewed online but requires the Flash plugin. The entire transcript is included as captions and as a downloadable script (in PDF and Word).
  • To see the site as it was designed, viewer should set monitor resolution to at least 1024 x 768 pixels and maximize browser window.
  • The video is sometimes slow to load.

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