Lesson Packet

Grades 9-12

Climate Change unit

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SUBJECTS: Math, Science, Social Studies

TOPICS: Climate Change, Global Change, Oceans

Resource Overview

Thematic unit for the high school classroom covers a wide range topics related to climate change.

Included materials cover human causes of climate change, CO2 and methane levels, impacts on the environment and communities, and policy proposals to reduce greenhouse gases.

Features of This Resource

  • Unit includes 4 lesson plans, 1 case study reading, and 1 background reading.
  • Focus on anthropocentric climate change.
  • Students consider regional climate mitigation strategies and how a country’s wealth impacts its ability to cope with climate impacts.
  • Cost-benefit analysis of various climate policy options.

Unit Lesson Plans & Readings

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Lesson Plans

Carbon Crunch

- Explores how the amount of carbon emitted and vulnerability to climate-related risks varies between countries.

Generating Heat

- Students graph current carbon dioxide emissions and population growth over time and discuss trends they observe.

Methane Matters

- Through graphing and guided questioning students examine the cause and effect relationship between human activities and methane production. They then...

Cap and Trade Game

- Students play a game that simulates a cap and trade system, and analyze its successes and weaknesses as a policy


Our Changing Climate

- Climate change background reading: An overview of how human activities have increased greenhouse gas emissions, the many impacts of a...

Disappearing Islands: A Climate Change Wake-up Call

- A profile of Kiribati, a nation of islands in the Central Pacific that is affected by climate change, and discussion

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