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Environmental Science and Social-Political Contexts

Unit 4: Climate Change

Part 4
Unit Developed and Resources Compiled by: Darlene HawkerSelf


Lessons/ Resource

Unit Plan (Ubd Format) and Teacher Background Knowledge

1.1 Unit Plan

1.2 Teaching Global Climate Change: A Challenge to Our Future Leaders. NSTA. John Whitsett

1.3 Teacher Resources from CSI: Climate Status Investigations

1.4 Climate Change 101 PPT. Portions can be used as lecture notes.

1.5 Plan B 4.0 Climate Change Data Plan Chapter 3

1.6 Stabilizing Climate, Plan B 4.0, Chapter 4-5 with supporting data.

1.7 Climate Change: NASA's Eyes on the Earth

1.7 Climate Justice and Equity by Anup Shah

1.8 Reflections on Climate Change and Social Justice by Cecilia Martinez and Shalini Gupta


Climate Change and Social Justice edited by Jermey Moss Melbourne University Press. Foreward Climate Change as an Equity Issue by Ross Garnaut.

1.9 Climage Change, Vulnerability and Social Justice by Roger Kasperson and Jeanne Kasperson. Stockholm Environment Institute. May 2001.

2 Climate

2.1 Bill Nye Climate Science Lab simulation

2.2 Let the Chips Fall Where They May. Lesson 10. CSI, Climate Status Investigations. Make Ice Cores for students ahead of time using materials found at a hardware store. Provided data also includes a graphing activity. (Ice Core Spreadsheet)

3 Population and Emissions


3.2 Carbon Dioxide and Mass. A chemistry lesson investigating the mass of Carbon Dioxide Gas. Lesson 11, CSI, Climate Status Investigations. Carbon Dioxide and Mass Lab Powerpoint

3.4 Personal Emissions Calculator and Calculator Wheel Extension Lesson from CSI, Climate Status Investigations. Students calculate their family's carbon emissions.

3.5 Population Growth Lesson 9 of CSI, Climate Status Investigations. Complete Personal Emssions lesson to use the data for this lesson.

3.6 Think Differently Lesson 16. CSI Climate Status Investigations

3.7 Methane Mitigation Lab Extension lesson from CSI, Climate Status Investigations.

3.8 Interactive Lab: Human Population Demographics Lab

4 Climate Change

4.1 You're Invited! Lesson 1. Climate Science Investigations. The chairperson of the Global Nations International Climate Summit (GNICS) invites and challenges students to learn about climate change through a simulation involving different countries from around the world

4.2 Too Cool For School. Lesson 13 CSI, Climate Status Investigations. Too Cool For School PPT. An investigation where students explore and model how gases heat. Illustrates that some GHG action is necessary for life, introduces the idea of anthropogenic GHGs

4.3 Carbon Lab The Habitable Planet Simulation. "This lab uses a robust model of the carbon cycle to give you an intuitive sense for how carbon circulates through the atmosphere, biosphere, oceans, and crust."

4.3 Oceanic Absorbtion Lab Instructions and Sheets. Lesson 20, CSI, Climate Status Investigations. Oceanic Absorbtion Lab PPT or Demo

4.4 Geologic Sequestration Lab Instructions and Sheets Lesson 19, CSI, Climate Status Investigations. Geologic Sequestration PPT Lab or Demo

4.5 Terrestrial Sequestration Photosynthesis and Cellular Respiration Lesson 21, CSI, Climate Status Investigations. Terrestrial Sequestration Lab or Demo

5 Social Effects

5.1 If... Then... CSI Climate Status Investigations. Consider potential effects as environments change in different geographic regions.

5.2 Economics and Emissions. Lesson 14, CSI, Climate Status Investigations.

5.3 Eating Up Energy. Lesson 17, CSI, Climate Status Investigations. Comparing and contrasting how different countries contribute to global emissions with a simulation.

5.4 Global Nations International Climate Summit. Lesson 23, CSI, Climate Status Investigations. Students simulate a global climate summit representing the interests of their own country.

5.5 The Wedge Game. Lesson 22, CSI, Climate Status Investigations. The Wedge Game and Discussion Activity PPT and The Wedge Game Materials

5.6 M& Ms Win the World Over. Extension Lesson, CSI, Climate Status Investigations. A lesson where students explore concepts of cooperation and competition, evaluate the idea of "win/ Win" concerning global climate change.

5.7 Top 20 Global Emitters

6 Supplemental Articles

6.1 Certainty vs. Uncertainty: Understanding Scientific Terms About Climate Change. Union of Concerned Scientists

6.2 How Certain Is Climate Science? Union of Concerned Scientists April 2010.

6.3 NASA Earth Observatory on Global Warming

6.4 Understanding the Urgency of Climate Change. Union of Concerned Scientists. May 2010.

6.5 Global Warming Facts Union of Concerned Scientists

6.6 Latest Climate Science. Union of Concerned Scientists. February 2009.

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