|This set of teaching materials is designed to accompany Global Warming: Early Warning Signs - a science-based world map depicting the local and regional consequences of global climate change. The map was produced as a collaborative project by several environmental organizations, and has been peer-reviewed by scientists. |
The Union of Concerned Scientists produced this Curriculum Guide. Geared towards students and teachers in grades 9-12, individual exercises are adaptable to different grade levels. Each activity is structured to include an initial ?Engagement? exercise, one or more steps of a Student ?Exploration? project, and further ideas for extended study. The materials align with National Learning Standards for Science, Geography, Social Studies, Language Arts, Environmental Education, and Technology.
The map -- an exciting visual tool for learning about the impacts of global climate change -- highlights recent events around the world in two broad categories: direct indicators of the observed long-term global warming trend (?fingerprints?), and events that are consistent with the projections for global climate change and are likely to become more frequent and widespread with continued warming (?harbingers?).
The Curriculum Guide activities engage students in an exploration of the impacts of global climate change on ecosystems and natural resources, on community, and on individuals and society. The first two activities look at the questions ?What do we mean by global climate change?? and ?How does the record of climate compare at local versus global scales?? Later activities address the impacts of climate change on natural ecosystems, human health, and economy and personal lifestyle.