Cascading Effects

Several Teacher-Rangers holding posters and signs and using string to create a living concept web about climate change.
Several Mount Rainier Teacher-Rangers creating a living concept web with string and posters to illustrate the effects of climate change as part of the Cascading Effects lesson plan.

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Overview: In this lesson students will learn about potential impacts of climate change in Mount Rainier National Park and communicate these potential impacts to their peers through a concept web activity. This lesson will lead into Enviro-Ethics where students will develop a "Personal Code of Environmental Ethics" for exploring and enjoying the natural world while reducing their ecological and carbon footprint.
Grade Level:
5 - 12
Objectives: Students will:
  • Read case studies about potential impacts and Intergovernment Panel on Climate Change reports and summarize important details using words and/or labeled diagrams.
  • Identify ways in which organisms may be affected by climate change.
  • Explain how components of an ecosystem are interdependent.
  • Use a variety of media to communicate their understanding to peers.
  • Explain why understanding climate change is important.
  • Make choices to mitigate or reduce potential negative impacts of climate change.
Lesson Plan:
Cascading Effects - word, 57KB
Cascading Effects - pdf, 201KB
Resources: Climate Change Data Evidence Cards (English & Japanese)
Climate Change Flash Cards
Case Study Card - Forest
Case Study Card - Glacier
Case Study Card - Pika
Case Study Card - Salmon
Case Study Poster Materials Example - Forest
Case Study Poster Materials Example - Nisqually Glacier
Case Study Poster Materials Example - American Pika
Case Study Poster Materials Example - Chinook Salmon

Last updated: February 28, 2015

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