Distance Learning

Climate Change at Sleeping Bear Dunes

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Grade Level:
Middle School: Sixth Grade through Eighth Grade
State Standards:
Next Generation Science Standards: MS-ESS3-4, MS-ESS3-5


Can’t make it to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore? We’ve got you covered with our new distance learning programs! The Climate Change program will introduce your students to the ways in which climate change affects the Great Lakes and Sleeping Bear Dunes and what they can do to make positive changes in their communities. Complete a pre-visit lesson with your students, get a virtual visit from a ranger, and wrap things up with a post-visit lesson. Please contact us at e-mail us and tell us you’d like to schedule a Climate Change distance learning program, and give us a preferred date for a test call and the virtual ranger visit.

After completing these lessons, students will be able to:

  • Justify the importance of preserving the Great Lakes
  • Summarize key principles for Great Lakes Literacy
  • Make connections about the importance of the Great Lakes to students lives
  • Describe how the Great Lakes and Sleeping Bear Dunes are impacted by climate change
  • Use a platform to share information about the impacts of climate change on the Great Lakes

Pre-visit lesson (1 hour), virtual ranger program (1 hour), post-visit lesson (1 hour)

Required Equipment

In order to participate in a distance learning program, you will need the following:

  • a desktop computer, laptop, or tablet with internet
  • a phone to receive the audio connection with the ranger
  • a projector or screen for classroom to view the program
  • basic school supplies for pre-visit, post-visit, and virtual ranger program such as paper, pencils, markers, etc.


Download Preprogram Lesson

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Download Postprogram Lesson

Download Postprogram Rubric

Last updated: March 26, 2019