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Standards, Knowledge, Skills, and Understandings

Written by Laurie Giarratani
November 10, 2017

Next Generation Science Standards

  • HS-ESS3 Earth and Human Activity
  • HS-ESS3-1. Construct an explanation based on evidence for how the availability of natural resources, occurrence of natural hazards, and changes in climate have influenced human activity.
  • HS-ESS3-4. Evaluate or refine a technological solution that reduces impacts of human activities on natural systems.

Understandings (what do you expect your students to understand? What misconceptions do you need to overcome?)

  • Overarching Understandings
    • People in my community are concerned about topics that connect to climate change
    • Climate Change has local impacts
    • Community-level solutions can address local climate change impacts in environmentally sustainable ways that have additional community benefits
    • I can be a leader in helping others understand this issue and take action
  • Related Misconceptions
    • Adults don’t take teenagers seriously
    • There is nothing we can do about climate change
    • Climate change is a problem in other places, but not where I live
    • People in my community don’t care about climate change

Essential Questions

  • Overarching
    • What does it take to be a leader who helps address neighborhood concerns?
  • Topical
    • What are urban heat islands? Why are cities hotter?
    • How do different surfaces result in different temperatures?
    • How does green infrastructure help cities cope with extreme rainstorms?
    • What type of green infrastructure is most effective?
    • How can we reimagine empty spaces in our neighborhoods?
    • How is vacant land a resource for climate change resilience?
    • How does climate change connect to other issues of concern?

Knowledge: Students will know that…

  • climate change impacts in the Northeast US include increased heat and increased likelihood of intense storms
  • cities create a phenomena known as the urban heat island effect when concrete, asphalt, and other building materials retain heat and increase temperatures
  • green infrastructure uses plants, soils and other natural materials in engineering projects that mimic natural water cycles and to slow down and treat the flow of stormwater
  • climate change impacts connect to a wide range of concerns, including health, utility costs, property value, jobs, and public space
  • community-level solutions to impacts of climate change can address a wide range of concerns.

Skills: Students will be able to…

  • Discuss issues of concern in their communities
  • Explain the local impacts of climate change
  • Explain how climate change impacts connect to issues of community concern
  • Teach others about the urban heat island effect, and community-level solutions to reduce its effects
  • Teach others about how green infrastructure can be used to reduce impacts of stormwater
  • Envision the future of their community, and how infrastructure can help address climate change impacts and other community concerns
  • use a design process to build knowledge, skills, and adapt activities to audience interests