Why the Arctic Is Climate Change's Canary in the Coal Mine

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What happens in the Arctic doesn't always stay in the Arctic. Follow along with this short video as it investigates how small changes in the temperature of Arctic regions can have dramatic effects on the global climate through a series of positive and negative feedback loops.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Include a viewing of this short video in an environmental science lesson series on global warming
  • In small groups, have students discuss the free-response questions given on the included assessment
  • Have students create visual representations of the feedback loops described in the video
  • Assign this video and assessment as homework in your flipped classroom
Classroom Considerations
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Pros
  • Engaging animations are used to engage viewers and support the needs of visual learners
  • Key vocabulary terms are displayed during the video
  • Accompanying the video is an assessment with five multiple choice and six free-response questions
Cons
  • None