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The warm-up is not relevant, since by the time you reach the end of a unit on climate change, most will not feel that it is good for humans. The thought-provoking questions, however, make a poignant class discussion about its effects. A neat chart is provided to guide learners through the talk and to provide a place to record responses. 
After a lecture about how the first industrial revolution triggered the path to climate change, your environmental studies class discusses what the impacts are. In a culminating activity, they get into groups and identify countries on a large map that are responsible for carbon emissions past, present, and future. This is part one of a two-part lesson on climate change that would be appropriate for middle to high schoolers, first in a two-part lesson on climate change perspectives.
Students use worksheets, lab activities, and computer animations to explore climate change. In this global warming lesson, students experiment to determine carbon dioxide concentrations in various gas mixtures. They use worksheets and flash interactive animations to demonstrate increasing carbon dioxide concentrations in Earth's atmosphere.
Sixth graders examine climate change in the state of Colorado. In this climate lesson, 6th graders watch 2 video clips regarding the topic and research the subtopics- snow pack, precipitation, temperature, forest fires, river flow, glaciers, and bird species. Students present their findings to their classmates and write a newspaper article regarding climate change.
Students explore how scientific knowledge changes in the context of abrupt climate change. They are introduced to some recent ideas about abrupt climate change. This gives them a glimpse into how scientific theories are formed and refined by new data.
A selection of videos is shown to get your class thinking about scientific theory, guided by a handout. Emerging earth scientists also read articles and take notes about glaciers and sea ice. To conclude, they write an evaluation of the evidence for melting ice using the theory that increasing global temperatures are responsible. This resource is ideal for challenging high schoolers to apply critical thinking to scientific media.
In this colorful animation, our current problem with climate change is likened to a block-stacking game of Tetris. Greenhouse gases are increasing in the atmosphere at an increasing rate. Can we place them properly before it's too late? The video and accompanying resources promise to change the climate in your earth science or environmental studies class.
Students brainstorm types of weather present threats to the world, specifically climate change and the environment. In this climate change lesson, students complete and discuss a set of worksheets about "going green," climate change, recycling and global warming. Students work in small groups and read and discuss statements about climate.
Young scholars participate in a group simulation to negotiate their country's stance on climate change initiatives at the U.N. In this climate change lesson, students write statements and engage in negotiations to create climate change policy. Young scholars dicuss the activity as a class and write individual responses to the challenges of global policy making.
Ice is nice, and its condition on the planet has a significant effect. Junior geoscientists experiment with ice melting in both water and on land to discover how each affect the rising sea level. This detailed instructional activity outline even includes photographs of the lab setup so that no questions remain. You will appreciate the ease with which you can implement this lab, which addresses a major current world issue. 
Examine the effects of climate change on the water cycle in the first of three lessons using the IBM THINK app, which walks through the process of innovation. Learners look back through history to see which tools might help them study climate change, then perform a controlled experiment simulating the hydrologic cycle under different environmental conditions. 
In the third and final instructional activity in the series on the impacts of climate change, learners synthesize the knowledge they have accumulated by identifying potential areas of concern for their school due to effects of drought and/or flooding, as well as other effects of climate change, then they propose an action plan to address the issues at the school level. 
What is causing the extreme weather happening around the planet? Middle and high schoolers read about climate change as a possible link to such phenomena. Then they form groups to discuss and research one of the types of weather events. They present their findings to the rest of the class and then rank how confident scientists seem to be about the links.
In the second of three lessons about climate change, young climatologists examine the local impacts of severe storms and drought on roads, rivers, buildings, and more. Through a series of investigations, learners begin to understand the effects of a warming planet on a more comprehensible scale.
A well-written lesson plan, second in a series of four, gets high schoolers exploring how the Antarctic food web is impacted by climate change and the associated melting of polar ice sheets. It begins with a PowerPoint presentation about the polar ecosystem. Small groups use beads and game cards to model how decreasing sea ice impacts the food web. To close, a class discussion ensues about ocean acidification and what pupils learned from the activity. Be sure to consider using the entire unit in your environmental studies course.
What effects do temperature and carbon dioxide levels have on the zooplankton of Antarctica? This concluding lesson in a short unit on climate change and the ocean helps environmental scientists answer these questions. After learning about current Antarctic research through the provided slide show, lab groups perform an experiment to see if brine shrimp respond to changes in their environments. While data charts and analysis questions are provided for the lab, there are no printed materials lists or procedures. Have learners write their own complete lab reports to turn in.
Students question each other to access prior knowledge of climate change. For this climate change lesson, students read about climate change and develop a list of vocabulary words. Students create a journal to record vocabulary. Students assess what they have learned.
Eleventh graders examine the effect of climate change on Caribou. In this earth science lesson, 11th graders brainstorm ways to adapt to a changing environment. They analyze data of caribou population estimates and calculate statistical information.
Seventh graders research about the effect of climate on different ecosystems. For this life science lesson, 7th graders present their research by creating a poster, infomercial, skit or song. They discuss how organisms adapt to climate change.
Teachers explore patterns in sunspots and total solar irradiance to understand the counterpoint to the human effect of global warming. In this professional development tool, teachers work through a lesson plan on the sun's natural patterns to better understand the earths climate change.

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