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What do You Know about Climate Change?

Ology, American Museum of Natural History

This online quiz tests knowledge about climate change, its impacts, how we know about earth's climate, and potential solutions.

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Middle School: 2 Disciplinary Core Ideas, 2 Cross Cutting Concepts
High School: 2 Disciplinary Core Ideas

Climate Literacy
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Actions taken by different levels of society can mitigate climate change and increase preparedness for current and future generations
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Humans can take action
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Greenhouse effect
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Definition of climate and climatic regions
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Climate is not the same thing as weather – defining difference
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Evidence is that human impacts are playing an increasing role in climate change
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Climate is variable
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Observations are the foundation for understanding the climate system
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Our understanding of climate
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Human activities have increased GHG levels and altered global climate patterns
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Humans affect climate
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Sea level rise and resulting impacts is due to melting ice and thermal expansion and increases the risk
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Increased extreme weather events due to climate change
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Ecosystems on land and in the ocean have been and will continue to be disturbed by climate change
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Climate change has consequences
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Teaching Tips

  • Review the resource and supporting key term "Ology" cards to become familiar with the climate concepts presented before use in the classroom.
  • Could be used as an introduction to the topic or as a summary activity to test students knowledge. Students can also explore the links to other resources and information.

About the Science

  • This resources provides a basic introduction to understanding weather and climate, climate change, and actions young people can take to address climate change.
  • Comments from expert scientist:
    Scientific strengths:
    - The resource describes the difference between weather and climate
    - Clearly describes how the greenhouse effect works
    - Explains what clean energy is, how humans are affecting climate change, and what are ways in which people can help fight against climate change
    The information is very basic but it should be noted that by clicking on the underlined and starred words the reader can learn more information.

About the Pedagogy

  • This quiz could be useful in classrooms to test students' knowledge of climate change and help them explore the topics around climate change. The 10-question interactive quiz contains key term hyperlinks and asterisk symbols to access supporting "Ology" cards to further enhance learning (e.g., definitions, descriptions, checks for understanding, fact or fiction statements, quotes from scientists, images).
  • This resource fills the need for climate education resources for younger learners and those that benefit from adapted resources.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • The resource is intuitive to use. However, it is possible for the user to miss clicking on the hyperlinked terms.

Next Generation Science Standards See how this Static Visualization supports:

Middle School

Disciplinary Core Ideas: 2

MS-ESS2.D1:Weather and climate are influenced by interactions involving sunlight, the ocean, the atmosphere, ice, landforms, and living things. These interactions vary with latitude, altitude, and local and regional geography, all of which can affect oceanic and atmospheric flow patterns.

MS-ESS3.D1:Human activities, such as the release of greenhouse gases from burning fossil fuels, are major factors in the current rise in Earth’s mean surface temperature (global warming). Reducing the level of climate change and reducing human vulnerability to whatever climate changes do occur depend on the understanding of climate science, engineering capabilities, and other kinds of knowledge, such as understanding of human behavior and on applying that knowledge wisely in decisions and activities.

Cross Cutting Concepts: 2

Stability and Change, Cause and effect

MS-C2.2:Cause and effect relationships may be used to predict phenomena in natural or designed systems.

MS-C7.2: Small changes in one part of a system might cause large changes in another part.

High School

Disciplinary Core Ideas: 2

HS-ESS2.D4:Current models predict that, although future regional climate changes will be complex and varied, average global temperatures will continue to rise. The outcomes predicted by global climate models strongly depend on the amounts of human-generated greenhouse gases added to the atmosphere each year and by the ways in which these gases are absorbed by the ocean and biosphere.

HS-ESS3.C2:Scientists and engineers can make major contributions by developing technologies that produce less pollution and waste and that preclude ecosystem degradation.

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