Climate Literacy

April 2, 2015
By: Climate Generation

We are writing a new curriculum!

We are pleased to announce to our friends and supporters the upcoming release of our new curriculum: Next ngssGeneration Climate. In September of 2015, Climate Generation will be releasing a brand new curriculum that uses the Next Generation Science Standards as a framework! We have chosen three Earth Science performance expectations to focus on:

  • MS-ESS3-5. Ask questions to clarify evidence of the factors that have caused the rise in global temperatures over the past century.
  • MS-ESS3-3. Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.
  • MS-ESS3-4. Construct an argument supported by evidence for how increases in human population and per-capita consumption of natural resources impact Earth’s system.

We will use the science and engineering practices, disciplinary core ideas, and crosscutting concepts from each performance expectation to create a rigorous and exciting curriculum.

The following list is a draft lesson framework for our six-lesson unit. The list gives an overview of what will be covered in the lesson and what students will accomplish.

  1. What methods exist for monitoring the rise in global temperatures? In this lesson students are introduced to evidence that shows there has been a rise in global temperature over the past century.  Students will engage in activities around developing good clarifying questions and discuss what makes good scientific evidence.

  2. What factors have caused the rise in global temperatures over the last century? How are humans contributing to the rise in global temperatures? In this lesson students will distinguish between human activities and natural processes and will investigate methods to minimize the rise in global temperatures.

  3. What are repercussions of a rise in global temperature? In this lesson students will discover how temperatures impact the atmosphere through hands on activities and will research repercussions where they live using the National Climate Assessment among other resources.

  4. What would you need to monitor and minimize the repercussions of a rise in global temperature? In this lesson students will research how to monitor and minimize repercussions from climate change.  Examples will include citizen science, as well as adaptation and mitigation projects.

  5. In what ways can you make changes in your life to minimize your impact on the environment? In this lesson students will investigate the terms adaptation, mitigation and innovation, by researching and then debating the best options for minimizing human impacts on the climate.

  6. How can you design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment? In this lesson students will use the engineering design process to create a way to minimize and monitor human impact on the planet.

We are looking for middle school teachers interested in piloting lessons for Next Generation Climate!  Please let us know if you are interested or if you would like more information:

Climate Generation
Jenna Totz, Curriculum Coordinator and Kristen Poppleton, Director of Education
612-278-7147
education@climategeneration.org