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Rutgers University


9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, AP® / College


Science, Social Studies, Earth and Space Sciences, Geography, English Language Arts

Resource Type

  • Scientific Papers or Reports

Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - Northeast, New Jersey, Central Jersey, Jersey Shore, North Jersey, South Jersey



State of the Climate: New Jersey 2021 [Report]

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  • This detailed report explains the effects of climate change on New Jersey, such as changes in weather patterns, the effects of sea level rise, and how climate change disproportionately impacts already vulnerable populations. 
Teaching Tips


  • This resource provides an in-depth look into the climate of New Jersey in 2021. 
  • Graphs and charts help make the dense material easy to understand, especially for visual learners. 

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should be comfortable reading graphs.
  • Students should have a basic understanding of climate change. 


  • Cross-curricular connections can be made in health classes discussing how climate change impacts the health of New Jersey residents, and in language arts classes working on non-fiction reading comprehension strategies. 
  • Due to the length of this resource, it would work well in a jigsaw activity. Assign each student a section of the text and have them teach it to the class. 
  • Science and math classes can use this resource to see how data analysis and the scientific method are vital to solving crucial problems for humanity.
  • Social studies classes can use this report to help interpret the many ways that climate change affects communities.
Scientist Notes
This is a comprehensive report on New Jersey's climate prospects. The report contains thorough documentation that will help students better prepare for upcoming climate risks by giving them an understanding of the changing climate pattern, variability, and possibility of extreme weather occurrences. There are no scientific inconsistencies in this resource, and the datasets utilized in this report are in line with IPCC forecasts. Despite being unique to New Jersey, this material is excellent for the classroom.
  • Science
    • ESS2: Earth's Systems
      • HS-ESS2-2. Analyze geoscience data to make the claim that one change to Earth’s surface can create feedbacks that cause changes to other Earth systems.
      • HS-ESS2-7. Construct an argument based on evidence about the simultaneous coevolution of Earth’s systems and life on Earth.
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • HS-ESS3-5. Analyze geoscience data and the results from global climate models to make an evidence-based forecast of the current rate of global or regional climate change and associated future impacts to Earth systems.
  • English Language Arts
    • Reading (K-12)
      • R.11-12.1 Cite relevant textual evidence that strongly supports analysis of what the text says explicitly/implicitly and make logical inferences, including determining where the text is ambiguous; develop questions for deeper understanding and for further exploration. (RI&RL)
      • 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)
      • R.11-12.5 In literary texts, analyze how varied aspects of structure create meaning and affect the reader. (RL) In informational texts, analyze the impact and evaluate the effect structure has on exposition or argument in terms of clarity, persuasive/rhetorical technique, and audience appeal. (RI)
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