Distance Learning

Climate Change at Sleeping Bear Dunes

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

Background

Overview
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 slbe_education@nps.gov 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.


Objectives
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
 

Duration
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:

  • internet connection
  • a desktop computer, laptop, or tablet, with speakers and microphone
  • a smartboard projector
  • the ability to download the free Polycom RealPresence app
  • some basic school supplies for pre-visit, post-visit, and virtual ranger program such as paper, pencils, markers, etc

Materials

Download Preprogram Lesson

Download Graphic Organizer

Download Postprogram Lesson

Download Postprogram Rubric