Southwest Climate Hub Education Units

USDA Southwest Climate Hub

Education Units

 


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, we partnered with the USDA Southwest 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 USDA Southwest Climate Hub 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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Climate Change and the Carbon Cycle

 

3-hour Curriculum

Target Audience: 9th-12th Grade Students

 

This unit was designed to introduce 9-12 grade students to climate change, the carbon cycle, and the effects of increasing atmospheric carbon dioxide on Earth’s climate. We partnered with the USDA Southwest Climate Hub to design this rigorous high-school level education unit aligned with Common Core State Standards and the three dimensions of the 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 three activities and was designed to be conducted over four days. Each activity can also stand alone however, and the unit need not be completed in its entirety.

 

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