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Climate Change and Human Health
https://www.niehs.nih.gov/health/topics/agents/climate-change/index.cfm

Dana Brown Haine, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

In this activity, students investigate the impacts of changing climatic conditions on human health and consider the benefits of climate mitigation and adaptation to human health.

This learning activity takes about two 50-minute class periods.

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High School: 4 Performance Expectations, 6 Disciplinary Core Ideas, 1 Cross Cutting Concept, 3 Science and Engineering Practices

Climate Literacy
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Teaching Tips

  • 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).
  • Comments from expert scientist:
    Scientific strengths:
    - The strength of these resources lie in the care that has been taken to cater to the needs of specific student audiences- clinical, public health, general science. In particular, I like that each of the audiences had different kinds of models that they were building that had relevance to their own field of study. excellent.
    - The Vector-borne Disease Module includes field opportunities for students to collect data using the NASA GLOBE Observer Mosquito Habitat Mapper, enabling place-based real data exploration. this is great. Accompanying slides are well done, are tuned to each specific lesson and include attributions as required.
    - Accompanying slides are well done, are tuned to each specific lesson and include attributions as required.

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. Allows for integration across grade levels
  • 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.

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