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ACE

Grades

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

Subjects

Science, Social Studies, Earth and Space Sciences, Civics, Health

Resource Types

  • Worksheets
  • Videos, 39 minutes, 52 seconds, CC

Regional Focus

North America, United States

Format

Google Docs, PDF, YouTube Video

Our Climate Our Future: Discussion Guide

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Synopsis
  • This discussion guide is meant to accompany the full length video (Chapters 1 - 11) from Our Climate Our Future.
  • The discussion guide could also be used a worksheet for students to complete on their own and there are a number of resources provided for learning extension.
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • The series is partly animated and the presenters break down the entirety of the climate crisis into an easily-understandable story, focusing on the United States.
  • It encompasses many topics including the science of climate change, carbon footprints, the greenhouse effect, how to take action, and climate justice.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Teachers need to make a free account to access the materials.
  • The links in Chapter 3: numbers 1 and 5 are broken.

Differentiation 

  • The video can also be broken up by chapter to facilitate various lessons.
  • This series of videos and the accompanying discussion guide is a fantastic resource for younger students or as an introduction to climate change for older students.
  • The accompanying discussion guide helps generate writing prompts, discussion questions, or comprehension checks.
  • Other similar resources include this interactive map, this interactive table, and this StC lesson plan
Scientist Notes

This is a discussion guide to aid educators on how to engage students to share their climate stories and to also lead in climate conversations. This guide covers topics related to the greenhouse effect, living large lifestyles, renewable energy transition, sustainable development goals, climate activism, movements, natural and human-causes of climate change, and how to document climate actions. Facts from the IPCC and EPA have been verified and this resource is recommended for teaching.

Standards
  • Science
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • 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 systems.
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