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4. Impact, Adaptation, and Mitigation of Climate Change

Middle School Version 2011

Students will analyze the sources for climate data and will analyze this data to identify the impact of climate change on physical  and biological systems. Students will identify, compare, and contrast adaptation  and mitigation strategies.

Lesson Guide

4.1.1 Ice Core Slides
4.1.2 Ice Core Guiding Questions Handout
4.1.3 Evidence and Claim Assessment

4.2.0 Consequences Slides
4.2.1 Sea Level Activity
4.2.2 Quiz and Key

4.3.1 Station Task Cards 
4.3.2 Student Handout: Impact on Physical Systems
4.3.3 Student Handout: Impact on Biological Systems
4.3.4 Station Graphs for Physical Systems
4.3.5 Station Graphs for Biological Systems

4.4.1 Mitigation Review Slides  
4.4.2 Mitigation & Adaptation Slides
4.4.3 Adaptation Resource (for teachers, can be used with/for students)

Whole Unit PDF

Optional video and audio
A video story about how 8-foot long ice core samples extracted from deep in the ice layer
of Antarctica hold key evidence of rapidly changing climactic conditions.
http://www.kqed.org/quest/television/web-extra-at-the-core-of-climate-change
 

A story about the impact of climate change on pikas and how young students from Oakland, CA are helping with research.
http://science.kqed.org/quest/audio/counting-climate-challenged-pikas/