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Author

Lorraine Lisiecki

Grades

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

Subjects

Science, Earth and Space Sciences

Resource Types

  • Videos, 5 minutes, 6 seconds, CC, Subtitles
  • Interactive Media
  • Articles and Websites
  • Assessments

Regional Focus

Global

When Will the Next Ice Age Happen?

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Synopsis
  • This animated video explains Earth's climate history and the variation in climate that has occurred over time. 
  • Students will learn what caused the historical swings in the Earth's climate and what is causing the rise in global temperatures today. 
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • This video provides an evidence-based overview of the history of Earth's climate and human-caused global climate change.
  • The assessment and discussion questions allow students to reflect on what they learned. 
  • The video ends with a call to action, encouraging students that no one is too young to take action.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students must create an account with an email address to answer the quiz questions.
  • Students must be 13 years of age or older to create an account.
  • Teachers can create an account to save student answers and embed lessons in Google Classroom.
  • In the Dig Deeper section, the links to the first resource and the ice ages resource are broken.

Differentiation

  • This is a great resource to use in a unit about Earth's climate and geologic timescales. 
  • Students can use the additional resources in the Dig Deeper tab to explore this topic further.
  • Additional resources similar to this topic include this Google Earth Timelapse of the warming planet and this interactive textbook lesson that teaches about climate change in Earth's history. 
Scientist Notes
The video is insightful, it presents historical evidence on the impact of CO2 on glaciation and the need to take collective action to reduce CO2 levels. This resource is recommended for teaching.
Standards
  • Science
    • ESS2: Earth's Systems
      • MS-ESS2-2. Construct an explanation based on evidence for how geoscience processes have changed Earth’s surface at varying time and spatial scales.
      • 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-ESS2-4. Use a model to describe how variations in the flow of energy into and out of Earth’s systems result in changes in climate.
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-5. Ask questions to clarify evidence of the factors that have caused the rise in global temperatures over the past century.
      • 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.
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