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+ ward ' s science Page 1 Climate Change Toolkit: A Middle School Science Unit Submitted by: Karen M. Recommended Grade Level(s): Appropriate for: Grade 8 Teaching Topics & Concepts: Earth/Environmental Science, Climate Change Standards: M.D.1. Structure of the earth system. Global patterns of atmospheric movement influence local weather. Oceans have a major ef- fect on climate, because water in the oceans holds a large amount of heat. H.D.1. Energy in the earth system. Global climate is determined by energy transfer from the sun at and near the earth's surface. This energy transfer is influenced by dynamic processes such as cloud cover and the earth's rotation, and static conditions such as the position of mountain ranges and oceans. Time Requirements: Activity Time: 13 day unit Objective: Students will examine climate change from various perspectives and utilize primary resources to conduct research. Background Information, Activity Setup: A Way Forward: Facing Climate Change Video Watch This Before You Vote—Climate Change Video Heritage In Focus: Cold Facts on Global Warming Teaching Notes: To open the climate change discussion, I have compiled a series of short videos which highlight the different viewpoints regarding climate change. The first one is a National Geographic production. It is an excellent example of a balanced approach to explaining climate change. The second one was made by a group called voteclimate.org. It is alarming and will evoke an emotional response in viewers. The last one was produced by the Heritage Foundation. This group acts as a "front man" for big oil and gas companies like Koch and Exxon/Mobile. Students should be able to discern a difference in tone between the three videos and ultimately identify the purpose and intended audience for each of them. Students will complete accompanying handout while viewing videos. Classroom discussion will follow videos. Students will also complete a climate change questionnaire. Students will interview at least two people (one classmate and one parent/guardian). Data from interviews will be compiled and discussed. This content is being brought to you by the Ward's World, Science By You program. This program brings lesson and classroom activity ideas directly from science teachers around the nation right to you. From best practices to activities, Science by You offers inspiration for every subject and every grade level. Interested in sharing your own content? Learn how today. PMS200 Black 70% Cool Gray 10 Black Astra Regular get for free from dafont.com

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