Teaching Module: Climate Change & Phenological Events in Plants and Animals

A set of resources to understand the link between periodic life-cycle events in plants and animals (such as flowering, leaf-out, and migration), and climate change.

Students will work on a range of activities–learn about phenology, investigate phenological events, and analyze the link between climate and phenological data (of monarchs, milkweed, and dandelions).

Use this tool to help your students find answers to:

  1. What is phenology?
  2. Name some phenological events in plants and animals.
  3. What are the climate-related factors that affect periodic life-cycle events in plants and animals?

About the Tool

Tool Name Signs of the Seasons: A New England Phenology Program
Discipline Biological Sciences
Topic(s) in Discipline Phenology, Phenological Events, Plant and Animal Life Cycle Events
Climate Topic Climate and the Biosphere
Type of Tool Teaching Module
Grade Level High School
Location North America
Language English
Developed by The University of Maine Cooperative Extension
Hosted at The University of Maine Cooperative Extension
Link https://extension.umaine.edu/signs-of-the-seasons/resources-for-educators/
Access Online, Offline
Computer Skills Intermediate

 Lesson Plan: Teaching Phenology in Plants (Flowering) through Climate-related ExamplesSignsOfTheSeasons

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