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In the third and final 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. 
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.
Getting kids thinking about climate change now, will hopefully push them into action when they become adults. Young environmentalists discuss the evidence and causes of climate change seen in the state of California. They brainstorm ways people can change or reduce the effects of climate change through environmental action. They each make a series of slogans based on their findings to encourage everybody to pitch in for the sake of the environment. The slogans are drawn or written onto stickers to be placed on bikes, cars, desks, or waterbottles.
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. 
If your kids already know something about the water cycle, life cycle of salmon, and climate change, then they're ready to participate in an activity that explores Chinook salmon of the Pacific Northwest. They read an article and a case study, then discuss the potential or actual impact of climate change on the Chinook salmon. They examine POD cycles and create graphs that show changes in salmon populations due to increases in sea temperatures. The final assessment activity requires them to make short presentations using both their graphs and their evidence, which they obtained from their readings.
In the Western Forests there lives a beetle, a mountain pine beetle. Explore the ways in which a once manageable beetle population has grown to unmanageable numbers because of climate change in forest regions. After examining case study documents and a video, the class engages in a discussion on the potential versus actual impact of climate change on forest beetle population. Several great web links and extension activities are suggested to add to or augment the learning experience.
A fish that lives in the desert? You and your class can meet the desert pupfish as they examine its habitat, the role humans play in diminishing water supplies, and how climate change might impact this fishy friend. There are four short activities included that will engage learners in graphic analysis, graphing, and topographical map use. This all culminates in a student-constructed hypothesis concerning wildlife sustainability. 
Students define the term 'global climate change' and explore how it affects our lives. They research greenhouse gases and identify what events are causing an increase in the amount of greenhouse gases in our atmosphere. Students view videos, conduct experiments and participate in class discussion.
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.
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 instructional activity on climate change that would be appropriate for middle to high schoolers, first in a two-part instructional activity on climate change perspectives.
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 study the concepts of global warming and climate change as they relate to the levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. They examine the changes in glacial ice in relation to global warming. They decide how human activities, especially the use of cars, contribute to global warming.
Young scholars 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.
Students explain global climate change. In this global ecology lesson, students examine global climate change and set up an experiment to observe the effects of greenhouse gases. The lesson concludes with a class discussion on the effects and possible solutions for ecological sustainability.
Students brainstorm types of weather present threats to the world, specifically climate change and the environment. In this climate change activity, 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.
Students participate in a group simulation to negotiate their country's stance on climate change initiatives at the U.N. For this climate change lesson, students write statements and engage in negotiations to create climate change policy. Students dicuss the activity as a class and write individual responses to the challenges of global policy making.
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.
Students question each other to access prior knowledge of climate change. In 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. In 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.

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