This comprehensive unit on climate change explores fundamental science concepts through the lens of climate science and the use of digital media resources. Aligned to State and National Science Standards for grades 4–8, "Clue into Climate" is organized into four content strands and offers educators the option to teach individual lessons or an entire strand.
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An increase in human-produced greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide and methane, contributes to climate change.
Animals and plants must move or adapt to the change in climate or they will go extinct.
Climate change affects the water cycle by changing precipitation patterns and causing glaciers to melt at an increased rate. These changes lead to flooding, drought and sea level rise.
Climate change can be mitigated by using renewable energy sources (solar, biofuels, geothermal, electric/hybrid cars) to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Clue into Climate Literacy Connections
Media Literacy: The ability to use different types of media and to examine the purpose and source of media.
STEM Literacy: The ability to think critically about science and math, to solve problems and to ask meaningful questions (STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics).
Climate Careers: An understanding of the variety of jobs related to climate change.
Global Impact: An understanding of how climate change may affect the different regions of the world.
Additional KQED Climate Resources
Learn about climate science and policy from a California perspective.
Going, Going Green: Find further climate related resources geared towards the ESL/Postsecondary sector.
Dive in to climate resources related to marine and aquatic ecosystems.
Find more climate science resources through KQED's multimedia series exploring Northern California's science, environment and nature.
Saving the Bay
Explore San Francisco Bay Area's climate through a variety of educator resources.
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