Students will be able to:
1. Create a product that conveys climate change information and possible solutions
The Earth consists of four systems: the atmosphere, hydrosphere, geosphere, and biosphere, which are interconnected. Changes to one part of the system can have consequences on the others. Changes to global or regional climate can be caused by changes in the sun's energy output or Earth's orbit, tectonic events, ocean circulation, volcanic activity, glaciers, vegetation, and human activity.
Water is essential for life on Earth. Relative water availability is a major factor in designating habitats for different living organisms. In the United States, things like agriculture and water rights are hot topics. Current models predict that average global temperatures are going to continue to rise even if regional climate changes remain complex and varied. These changes will have an impact on all of Earth's systems.
Studies have shown that climate change is driven not only by natural effects but also by human activities. Knowledge of the factors that affect climate, coupled with responsible management of natural resources, are required for sustaining these Earth systems. Long-term change can be anticipated using science-based predictive models, making science and engineering essential to understanding global climate change and its possible impacts.
National Parks can serve as benchmarks for climate science trends and effects over time because they are protected areas void of human influence. Understanding current climate trends will help set students up to be successful in interpreting and engaging in discussions about climate change, which will lead to informed decision making.
Lesson Activities: 58 min *Depending on how deeply you would like to explore the activities of the lesson, this lesson could take anywhere between one and three 58 minute sessions for all students to have a chance to present their projects.
Day 1- Earth as a System
Day 2- Weather vs Climate
Day 3- Watershed
Day 5- Field Trip
Day 6- NPS Connections
Day 7- Project Preparation
Most of the materials for this unit are provided in the Stream Flow River Study Trunk or as downloadable files.
Display the DoNow— quietly read through the assignment and decide what type of project you will complete.
1. Monitor students as they work on their projects either individually or in groups.
2. Assign the completion of the project for homework.