Dana Brown Haine, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
This learning activity takes about two 50-minute class periods.Learn more about Teaching Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness»
See how this Activity supports the Next Generation Science Standards»
High School: 4 Performance Expectations, 6 Disciplinary Core Ideas, 1 Cross Cutting Concept, 3 Science and Engineering Practices
About Teaching Climate Literacy
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- This activity is very robust in the content it presents and warrants taking the time to implement it in full.
About the Science
- Activity addresses impacts of changing climatic conditions on human health - with emphasis on vulnerable populations. Benefits of climate mitigation and adaptation strategies on human health are related to specific climate drivers and health vulnerabilities.
- Activity content draws from The Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States: A Scientific Assessment (CHA, 2016), as well as the National Climate Assessment (2014).
- Passed initial science review - expert science review pending.
About the Pedagogy
- Great use of a systems-thinking approach to learning.
- Activity uses 5E instructional model (engage, explore, explain, elaborate, evaluate), and provides well-structured guidance for both educators and students. Alternative strategies for reading and processing information are provided.
- Uses resources from the US Climate Resilience Tool for two parts of the activity.
Technical Details/Ease of Use
- Excellent background material for teachers, list of additional resources, and teacher preparation section.
- Full set of answer keys supplied as well as rubrics for final projects.
- All materials are provided in pdf and ppt form.
- There is a link to a Spanish-language extension of the website in the menu on the left side of the page.
Next Generation Science Standards See how this Activity supports:
Performance Expectations: 4
HS-ESS2-2: Analyze geoscience data to make the claim that one change to Earth's surface can create feedbacks that cause changes to other Earth systems.
HS-ESS3-1: Construct an explanation based on evidence for how the availability of natural resources, occurrence of natural hazards, and changes in climate have influenced human activity.
HS-ESS3-4: Evaluate or refine a technological solution that reduces impacts of human activities on natural systems.
HS-LS2-7: Design, evaluate, and refine a solution for reducing the impacts of human activities on the environment and biodiversity
Disciplinary Core Ideas: 6
HS-ESS3.C1:The sustainability of human societies and the biodiversity that supports them requires responsible management of natural resources.
HS-ESS3.C2:Scientists and engineers can make major contributions by developing technologies that produce less pollution and waste and that preclude ecosystem degradation.
HS-ETS1.A2:Humanity faces major global challenges today, such as the need for supplies of clean water and food or for energy sources that minimize pollution, which can be addressed through engineering. These global challenges also may have manifestations in local communities
HS-ETS1.B1:When evaluating solutions, it is important to take into account a range of constraints, including cost, safety, reliability, and aesthetics, and to consider social, cultural, and environmental impacts.
HS-LS2.C2:Moreover, anthropogenic changes (induced by human activity) in the environment—including habitat destruction, pollution, introduction of invasive species, overexploitation, and climate change—can disrupt an ecosystem and threaten the survival of some species.
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.
Cross Cutting Concepts: 1
HS-C7.1:Much of science deals with constructing explanations of how things change and how they remain stable.
Science and Engineering Practices: 3
HS-P4.1:Analyze data using tools, technologies, and/or models (e.g., computational, mathematical) in order to make valid and reliable scientific claims or determine an optimal design solution.
HS-P6.5:Design, evaluate, and/or refine a solution to a complex real-world problem, based on scientific knowledge, student-generated sources of evidence, prioritized criteria, and tradeoff considerations.
HS-P8.1:Critically read scientific literature adapted for classroom use to determine the central ideas or conclusions and/or to obtain scientific and/or technical information to summarize complex evidence, concepts, processes, or information presented in a text by paraphrasing them in simpler but still accurate terms.