Climate Change and Human Health
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»
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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).
- Comments from expert scientist:
- 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.