High School Lesson Plans: Global Climate

High School Lesson Plans: Global Climate

These resources are appropriate for grade levels 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th.
Lesson Plans:


  1. Damage Control: Exploring Flood Prevention Around the World
    In this lesson, students investigate artificially elevated regions or cities around the world to compare histories, cultures and strategies related to potential flooding disaster.


    Time needed for lesson plan: 1-2 hours

    To link to the actual lesson plan, please visit New York Times.



  2. Keep Off the Reef! Examining the Endangerment of Coral Reefs as a Byproduct of Global Warming
    In this lesson, students conduct research to prepare proposals for an aquarium exhibit that highlights the significance of coral reefs. Students will focus their study on global warming and its impact on coral reefs around the world.

    Time needed for lesson plan: 1-2 hours

    To link to the actual lesson plan, please visit New York Times.



  3. Tour du Jour? Projecting the Impact of Increasing Global Temperatures on the Tourist Economy
    In this lesson, students learn how warmer temperatures have impacted ice drift tourism on the northern coast of Hokkaido, Japan. They then consider the ways a continued warming trend might impact other global tourist destinations in the future.

    Time needed for lesson plan: 1-2 hours

    To link to the actual lesson plan, please visit New York Times.



  4. Chilling Predictions: Exploring the Economic, Political and Environmental Issues that Global Warming has created for the Arctic




    In this lesson, students will research and prepare an almanac on the Arctic. They then examine the laws that attempt to provide jurisdiction over this area and consider how these laws will be affected if geography of the Arctic continues to change due to the effects of global warming.

    Time needed for lesson plan: 1-2 hours

    To link to the actual lesson plan, please visit New York Times.



  5. Ice, Ice, Baby: Examining the Causes and Effects of Melting Ice Formations in Antarctica
    In this lesson, students learn about the causes and effects of the melting ice formations in Antarctica; they then research different aspects of the topic in order to create a news special.

    Time needed for lesson plan: 1-2 hours

    To link to the actual lesson plan, please visit New York Times.



  6. Globalization and the Environment
    In this lesson students will learn about the impacts of globalization on the environment and how different societies define and try to address environmental problems. They will learn about the ways in which the globalized world attempts to address environmental challenges. Students will participate in a mock negotiation on the Kyoto Protocol for global greenhouse gas emissions reductions.

    Time needed for lesson plan: 2 hours

    To link to the actual lesson plan, please visit Globalization101.



  7. Environmental Issues in the Polar Regions
    The polar regions are frequently neglected in discussions of the environment, but they shouldn't be. The environment of the polar regions is particularly susceptible to human impacts such as pollution and the depletion of the ozone layer. Moreover, the effects of global warming on the polar regions are likely to have major repercussions in the rest of the world. Students will learn about how environmental problems affect the polar regions, and they will create magazine ads to educate the public about these problems and to convince people to pay more attention to human impacts on the Arctic and Antarctic.

    Time needed for lesson plan: 3-4 hours

    To link to the actual lesson plan, please visit National Geographic.



  8. Clearing the Air: Exploring Emissions and Substances that Influence Global Climate Change
    In this lesson, students investigate a variety of emissions that contribute to global warming. As presenters at a mock international summit, students prepare recommendations for reversing the global warming trend.

    Time needed for lesson plan: 1-2 hours

    To link to the actual lesson plan, please visit New York Times.



  9. Ice Breakers: A Lab Experience About the Effects of Global Warming on Icecaps



    Through participating in a number of in-class experiments using ice, students understand the effects of global warming on icecaps and the worldwide consequences that may result.

    Time needed for lesson plan: 1-2 hours

    To link to the actual lesson plan, please visit New York Times.



  10. Tending to the Greenhouse: Examining Causes, Effects, and Solutions for Global Warming
    In this lesson, students investigate global warming through initial discussion of recent findings of an 11-day lengthening of the growing season caused by warmer temperatures. Students then work in small groups, acting as 'organizations' concerned with the trends in global warming, to research and propose solutions for restricting greenhouse gases.

    Time needed for lesson plan: 1-2 hours

    To link to the actual lesson plan, please visit New York Times.



  11. Protecting Holy Cows: The Effects of Pollution, Industrialization and Other Human Activities on the World's Biomes



    In this lesson, students reflect on and research how humans affect animal life, plant life and environmental conditions of specific biomes, particularly due to pollution and industrialization.

    Time needed for lesson plan: 1-2 hours

    To link to the actual lesson plan, please visit New York Times.





  12. Geographic Technology Assisting African Conservation
    In response to continued growth of the global human population, the conservation of Earth's natural resources has become an increasingly pressing issue. In this lesson, students will study the impact of human population growth by conducting a study of its influence on Africa. Using the National Geographic magazine feature Africa MegaFlyover and other resources, students will examine research gathered through the conservation efforts of Dr. Michael Fay and the Wildlife Conservation Society. They will also analyze the role that geographic technology currently plays in mitigating population growth's negative effects.

    Time needed for lesson plan: 2-3 hours

    To link to the actual lesson plan, please visit National Geographic.



  13. Climate and CO2: Analyzing their Relationship
    In this lesson, students will speculate on various scenarios of future world climates if the greenhouse effect increases.

    Time needed for lesson plan: 1-2 hours

    To link to the actual lesson plan, please visit National Geographic.



  14. Weather and Agriculture
    Students will research, discuss, and write reports on the relationship between climate and agriculture. They will pretend that they have just purchased farms in specific parts of the United States and will investigate that region's weather and climate in order to maximize the chances that their farms will succeed.

    Time needed for lesson plan: 1-2 hours

    To link to the actual lesson plan, please visit National Geographic.










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