Tarlise Townsend, Astrid Kause, Peg Steffen, Dinh Thai Hung, Than Ngo Duc, Vinh Nguyen Li Ai, Susan Fox, NOAA
This learning activity takes one to two 45 min class periods. Additional classroom materials needed: Flat-bottomed marbles; food containers.Learn more about Teaching Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness»
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This Activity builds on the following concepts of Climate Literacy.
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- Climate science improves informed policy and decision-making
- Reducing human vulnerability to and impacts on climate requires multi-disciplinary, integrated understanding
- Strategies of human adaptation to climate change
- Actions taken by different levels of society can mitigate climate change and increase preparedness for current and future generations
- Humans can take action
- Humans affect climate
- Sea level rise and resulting impacts is due to melting ice and thermal expansion and increases the risk
- Effects of climate change on water cycle and freshwater availability
- Increased extreme weather events due to climate change
- Human health and well-being will be affected to different degrees from the impacts from climate change
- Climate change has consequences
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Teaching Tips | Science | Pedagogy |
- Before starting the activity, review and discuss the Resilience Measure Checklist as a class, without leading students in making decisions, in order to put the activity into context.
- For middle school and lower high school grades, students would likely need help with vocabulary. Educators may want to provide the associated vocabulary or ask students to create a word bank with the terms used in this lesson.
- Run through a practice round of the game without students to ensure you have all the materials and understand the game play.
- Depending on the class and the context, teachers can omit the arts and crafts section early on and move directly to the decision making aspects of the game.
About the Science
- Students explore the concepts of climate resiliency, planning, and economics as they prepare for the uncertainty of climate-related natural hazards.
- This activity describes two critical aspects in climate literacy: resilience and uncertainty. Rolling the dice helps teach the abstract concept of uncertainty.
- It's worth noting that the impacts of climate change and other natural hazards will disproportionately affect underserved communities.
- Comments from expert scientist:
- Lists the adaptation strategies to combat climate change
- Incorporates the threats of climate change
- Illustrates the severity that uncertainty of climate change has on a city and it's decision makers
About the Pedagogy
- This activity allows students to explore the complex nature of planning for resiliency in cities. They need to consider economic, social, and scientific considerations when making their decisions.
- The collaborative game aspect is engaging, as is the element of chance when rolling the dice and bracing for the next event.
- The activity is low-tech and is a useful way to demonstrate the intricacies in making resiliency decisions in advance of unknown climate events.