As a High School or Undergraduate Earth Sciences, Environmental Sciences, or Geography teacher, you can use this lesson plan to teach your students about climate change and global warming and specifically the impacts of climate change in Mexico.
A video lecture that gives an overview of how vegetation responds to climate change in terms of phenotypic plasticity, range shifts, phenology, and population changes.
A video that introduces permafrost and its distribution on Earth. The video also describes the changing nature of permafrost across several regions due to higher surface temperatures and the possible impact of permafrost thawing on Earth’s climate.
A reading that shows that climate change can be a selective pressure in natural selection. It explains how the selection of a character that provides an adaptive advantage in a changed environment, leads to the ‘evolutionary rescue’ of a species.
A video that shows that climate change can be a selective pressure in natural selection that can lead to the ‘evolutionary rescue’ of a species.
A set of hands-on laboratory activities that uses the pH scale to understand the changes in ocean chemistry due to increased carbon dioxide emissions. This module shows that increased ocean acidification has adverse effects on marine organisms.
A classroom/laboratory activity to learn about the pH of ocean water, explore the potential effects of climate change on ocean acidification, and understand the possible impacts of ocean acidification on marine organisms such as oysters.
Students will explore and analyze the relationship between the growth of oyster larvae and the chemistry of ocean water (aragonite saturation state) by plotting graphs for actual data from the Whiskey Creek Hatchery in Oregon, USA.
Use this tool to help your students find answers to:
- If ocean water became more acidic, how might it affect oyster populations?
- What are the possible impacts of climate change on the chemistry of seawater?
About the Tool
|Tool Name||Ocean Acidification and Oysters Lab|
|Topic(s) in Discipline||pH Scale, Acids and Bases, Acidification, Ocean Carbonate Chemistry, Seawater Chemistry, Aragonite Saturation State, Ocean Acidity|
|Climate Topic||Climate and the Hydrosphere|
|Type of Tool||Laboratory Activity|
|Grade Level||High School, Undergraduate|
|Developed by||Hilary Palevsky, UW Oceanography|
|Hosted at||Program on Climate Change, College of the Environment, University of Washington|
(Image credit: Program on Climate Change, College of the Environment, University of Washington)
A classroom/laboratory activity to learn about the rate of sea-level rise and the response of shorelines to sea-level change.
An interactive visualization to observe and understand the possible effects of sea-level rise and different storm scenarios on the coast of California.
A classroom/laboratory activity to learn about glacial retreat and to predict the complete melting of a glacier (specifically, for an example in Glacier National Park).
An interactive visualization to explore the effects of melting ice sheets and the resulting sea level rise on coastal areas.
A classroom/laboratory activity to examine and analyze squirrel species distribution and habitat data (from the USA) over time, and to interpret the possible relationship between climate change and changes in biodiversity.
A classroom/laboratory activity to establish the potential link between the geographic distribution of malaria and increasing temperature caused by climate change.
A classroom/ laboratory activity to learn about phenology and phenological events, and to understand the potential impacts of climate change on periodic life-cycle events in plants, specifically, on the bloom date of North American lilac shrubs.
A classroom/laboratory activity to analyze the distribution of beetle, mammal, and plant species (for datasets from North America) in the past (based on fossil records), determine whether the same species exist today, and compare the past and present geographic ranges and ecosystems of these species.