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Middle and High School Global Change

Teaching Resources for Middle and High School – Global Change

Image: Mu Ko Ang Thong (Marine) National Park
NEW LESSON - Marine Biology and Climate Change in Micronesia

About: Using locally made resources from Micronesia and about Micronesia, students will explain the effects of climate change on Micronesian islands and what we can do to slow it down, with 80% accuracy.

Grades: 11 - 12

Topics: Sea-level rise effects, natural climate variability, differences between El Niño and La Niña, climate change effects, effects of ocean acidification

Length: 2 weeks
Fish swim along the gravel bed bottom of the North Fork of the Flathead River.
NEW LESSON - World Geography Climate Change in Guam​​​​​

About: Students will understand climate change and its effects, not only on a global scale, but in a local perspective, with 80% accuracy.

Grades: 9

Topics: Compare and contrast rainy and dry seasons, weather phenomena in Guam, difference between weather and climate, El Niño and La Niña events, changes to the Pacific Ocean, greenhouse effect, global warming, causes and effects of climate change, how humans impact global climate, impacts of climate change on Guam 

Length: 2 weeks



Photograph looking across a large body of calm water surrounded by mountains with a glacier and snow-capped peaks in distance.
Evaluating Glacier and Landscape Change

About: In this lesson, students use historical and modern photographs in Glacier National Park, Montana, to investigate how glaciers have changed over the last ~100 years. This lesson is intended for grades 6-8 with extensions for high school and is aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

Grades: 6-8 with extensions for high school

Topics: Climate Change, Repeat Photography, Qualitative vs. Quantitative data, Glacier Recession, Aerial Photography, Evaluating Graphic Data

Length: 3 lessons, 1 class period each
Wildfire raging through forest at night
Wildland Fire School

About: This unit is separated into three parts and introduces fire basics and explores how wildland fire affects different types of ecosystems, the three requirements needed to start and maintain a fire (the Fire Triangle), as well as the three factors that affect wildland fires (the Fire Behavior Triangle), the impacts of fire, the benefits and ecological costs of wildland fires, and changes in wildland fire patterns, the relationship of wildland fire to changing climate, and possible management strategies with a focus on Indigenous Fire Stewardship.

Grades: 6-12

Topics: Fire basics, fire impacts and ecology, wildland fire in a changing climate

Length: Varies (See each lesson for more details)