Climate Hub

Climate Hub

 

Across the country, farmers, ranchers and forest landowners are seeing an increase in risks to their operations due to fires, increases in invasive pests, droughts, and floods.

 

The USDA launched seven Regional Hubs for Risk Adaptation and Mitigation to Climate Change. These “Climate Hubs” address increasing risks (fires, invasive pests, floods, droughts, etc.) on a regional basis. They aim to translate science and research into actionable ways for farmers, ranchers and forest landowners to adapt and adjust their resource management.

 

The Asombro Institute partnered with the USDA Southwest Regional Climate Hub to generate two curricula structured for middle and high school students. The units consist of several activities each. Each activity can also stand alone, and the units need not be completed in their entirety.  The curricula are free to download.

 

Learn more about the USDA Southwest Climate Hub

 


Climate Change and the Water Cycle

 

10-hour Curriculum

Target audience: 6th-12th Grade Students

 

Increased temperatures and altered precipitation will make water, a limited resource in the arid southwestern United States, even scarcer in many locations. With the aim of fostering climate literacy in our future citizens, the Asombro Institute for Science Education partnered with the USDA Southwest Regional Climate Hub to create an engaging, fun, and scientifically rigorous education unit for 6-12th grade students. It is aligned with Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards.

 

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Check out the instructional video for “Ready, Set, Grow” – a lesson about the effects of climate change on primary producers.

 

 


The Effects of Climate Change on Agricultural Systems

 

5-hour Curriculum

Target Audience: 6th-12th Grade Students

 

As the climate changes, increased temperatures and extreme events are predicted in the southwestern United States, which could impact crop productivity and food security. We partnered with the Asombro Institute for Science Education to design an engaging, fun, and scientifically rigorous education unit aligned with Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards. This unit is freely available and intended for use by anyone, especially educators of 6-12 grade students. The unit consists of five activities and was designed to be conducted over five days (or five hours). Each activity can also stand alone however, and the unit need not be completed in its entirety.

 

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