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Witnessing Environmental Changes

Haskell Indian Nations University

This video segment examines the issue of climate change from the perspective of Native Americans. The video segment was adapted from a student video produced at Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas.

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Middle School: 1 Disciplinary Core Idea
High School: 2 Disciplinary Core Ideas

Climate Literacy
About Teaching Climate Literacy

Effects of climate change on water cycle and freshwater availability
About Teaching Principle 7
Other materials addressing 7b
Ecosystems on land and in the ocean have been and will continue to be disturbed by climate change
About Teaching Principle 7
Other materials addressing 7e

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Teaching Tips | Science | Pedagogy | Technical Details

Teaching Tips

  • Students could locate the setting of this video and investigate, using other resources such as drought maps and satellite images, changes in the area over the time span that these elders describe.

About the Science

  • Paiute elders describe the changes they have observed in their surroundings, especially those related to water, and the effects of these changes on their way of life.
  • Comments from expert scientist:
    Scientific strengths:
    - Background essay gives current statistics about the indigenous population in the world and in the United States
    - Elders explain the differences they have observed in fish, rain and heat over the years
    - This resource doesn't include a whole lot of hardy scientific material (facts, data, etc.) but would be a good introduction to climate change affects; the stats of fish decline, rain decline and temperature changes.

About the Pedagogy

  • Video portrays the reflections of two Walker River (Nevada) Paiute Elders who describe the river and surrounding mountains as they were in their childhood and how much they have changed since then, primarily in terms of availability of water and food.
  • Background essay about indigenous knowledge and discussion questions provided.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • Excellent quality.

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This video is a Haskell Indian Nations University production for NASA's "Where Words Touch The Earth." This video is part of the "Where Words Touch the Earth" Collection on PBS Learning Media https://mpbn.pbslearningmedia.org/collection/nasawords/.

Next Generation Science Standards See how this Video supports:

Middle School

Disciplinary Core Ideas: 1

MS-ESS3.A1:Humans depend on Earth’s land, ocean, atmosphere, and biosphere for many different resources. Minerals, fresh water, and biosphere resources are limited, and many are not renewable or replaceable over human lifetimes. These resources are distributed unevenly around the planet as a result of past geologic processes.

High School

Disciplinary Core Ideas: 2

HS-ESS3.A1:Resource availability has guided the development of human society.

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

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