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Author

New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection

Grades

6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Subjects

Science, Social Studies, Earth and Space Sciences

Resource Type

  • Articles and Websites

Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - Northeast, New Jersey

Format

PDF

New Jersey's Changing Climate

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Synopsis
  • This one-page fact sheet shows how climate change is impacting New Jersey through increased rainfall, extreme weather, sea level rise, and higher temperatures. 
  • It provides New Jersey-specific statistics about the increases that have occurred in each category over recent decades.
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • This fact sheet is well organized and concise, making it a good introduction to the topic of climate change in New Jersey.
  • The information sources are linked at the bottom of the PDF, providing additional information for more advanced students.

Additional Prerequisites

  • The illustration depicts a number of topics (e.g., coral bleaching, less snow and ice, warmer oceans) that are not covered in the fact sheet. 

Differentiation

  • Elementary or middle school science and writing classes could use this fact sheet to write a paragraph explaining the ways in which the climate of New Jersey would have been different fifty years ago or how it might be different in the future.
  • Biology classes could use the topics listed in the illustration for mini-research projects or to connect to lessons about evolution, species extinctions, habitat loss, the carbon cycle, or ecology.
  • Earth science and geography classes could read New Jersey's state climate summary (also linked in the fact sheet) and then work in pairs to discuss why New Jersey's climate change problems differ from climate change problems in other parts of the United States. 
  • Other resources on this topic include this interactive map that shows Americans' opinions about climate change issues, this Grist video on how Hoboken, New Jersey has improved its infrastructure to reduce flooding, and this video on understanding climate change.
Scientist Notes
This is a fact sheet showing how climate change will exacerbate coral bleaching, tidal flooding, wildfires, droughts, more extreme storms, heatwaves, and uncertainties in New Jersey. The main driver of climate change is the increasing concentration of CO2. However, if CO2 levels are reduced, climate change impacts will be reduced. This resource is recommended for teaching.
Standards
  • Science
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-2. Analyze and interpret data on natural hazards to forecast future catastrophic events and inform the development of technologies to mitigate their effects.
      • HS-ESS3-1. Construct an explanation based on evidence for how the availability of natural resources, occurrence of natural hazards, and changes in climate have influenced human activity.
  • English Language Arts
    • Reading (K-12)
      • R.11-12.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases, including figurative and connotative meanings. Analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning, tone, and mood, including words with multiple meanings. Analyze how an author uses and refines the meaning of technical or key term(s) over the course of a text. (RI&RL)
  • Environmental Literacy and Sustainability
    • Standard 7: Students engage in experiences to develop stewardship for the sustainability of natural and cultural systems.
      • ELS.EN7.A.h Research issues related to environmental sustainability, critiquing the economic, environmental, and societal aspects of the issue, and examine how citizen action and public opinion can influence outcomes. Evaluate the needs of a local community to identify potential projects related to environmental sustainability. Identify and describe perspectives of stakeholders in the issue.
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    • For NJ teachers, this is a very clear infographic - great for a kick-off discussion.
      2 years ago