Standards, Knowledge, Skills, and Understandings
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
- What does it take to be a leader who helps address neighborhood concerns?
- 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