Showing posts with label Global Warming. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Global Warming. Show all posts

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Climate Change Resources

Climate change is an important topic for students to study because it helps them understand the world around them. This collection of resources will help you put together some great lessons on this topic.

The Climate Time Machine is another interesting resource to teach students about how climate change impacts areas over time.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Snag Learning Film of the Week: Terra Antarctica

This week's Snag Learning Film of the Week is Terra Antarctica. Terra Antarctica documents a six week kayaking exploration of Antarctica. The expedition was funded by National Geographic to document the effects of global warming and ecotourism on Antarctica and the world at large. Click here to watch the film and read the viewing/ discussion questions.
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Monday, December 21, 2009

Video - Two Cases of Global Warming

Last week CBS Sunday Morning had a short segment about global warming. The segment presented two cases of global warming's effects on people in two very different parts of the world. The segment begins in the Maldives where rising ocean levels threaten the islands. The segment then transitions to Greenland where shrinking glaciers are threatening native ways of life. The video is embedded below.

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Applications for Education
This video is not terribly different from dozens, perhaps hundreds, like them on the Internet except that rather than focusing on "how global warming happens" or "what to do to stop global warming," this video focuses on how people are adapting to climate change. After showing this video to your students you may want to ask them how global warming could affect them and how they would adapt to a change in their climates.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Rising Sea Levels - A Tale of Two Cities
The Breathing Earth - Interactive Map
View Glacier Melt in Google Earth

Monday, March 30, 2009

The Breathing Earth - Interactive Map

Breathing Earth is an interactive map demonstrating CO2 emissions, birth rates, and death rates globally and by individual countries. From the moment that you first visit Breathing Earth it starts counting the number of births occurring worldwide. Placing your cursor over any country on the map reveals information about birthrate, death rate, and rate of CO2 emissions.

One of the additional resources linked to Breathing Earth is an ecological footprint calculator. Using this calculator students can calculate their personal footprints, take quizzes, and learn about the ecological footprints of various businesses.

Applications for Education
Breathing Earth is a good resource for students to explore to learn about which countries are the world's largest producers of CO2 emissions. Breathing Earth would also be a good website to keep running for an entire class period to show students how quickly the world's population changes. (In the time it took me to write this 7500 people were born).

Here are some related resources that may be of interest to you:
Interactive Timelines and Maps
GeoCommons Map Maker

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

View Glacier Melt in Google Earth

Yesterday, on their Lat Long blog, Google posted link to the Extreme Ice Survey. The Extreme Ice Survey has recently released a Google Earth file that displays the results of the Extreme Ice Survey. In this Google Earth file users can view glaciers, historical data about glaciers, and some video clips about shrinking glaciers.

The Extreme Ice Survey website has high quality photos and time lapse videos from the surveyors. Embedded below is one of the videos from the Extreme Ice Survey.

GL-07 Store Glacier from Extreme Ice Survey on Vimeo.

Applications for Education
The Extreme Ice Survey Google Earth file, videos, and pictures could be good resources for teaching about the effects of global warming.

Here are some related resources that might be of interest to you:
Endangered Places Multimedia Map
Google Earth - Global Warming Prediction Files

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Thursday, June 5, 2008

Endangered Places Multimedia Map

US News and World Report has a feature this week on global warming. On their website visitors can find all of the content from the magazine as well as additional features on the topic of climate change. One of the really neat features that I couldn't resist exploring is a multimedia map of places endangered by climate change. The Endangered Places map features text, images, and videos about twelve places, around the world, threatened by climate change.

Applications for Education
The Endangered Places map is a simple, yet useful resource for students to explore information about climate change. The text, audio, and video will engage a variety of learning styles and is presented in a manner that students in grades 5 through 12 could benefit from the map. An extension activity for students after exploring the Endangered Places map is to have students evaluate their local environment for signs or climate change or impacts of climate change. Students could use Google Earth or Free Earth to share their findings.

Click the image below to visit the Endangered Places map.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Google Earth - Global Warming Prediction Files

Google Earth Outreach and the British Antarctic Survey have created some great KML (Google Earth) files to demonstrate and predict the future effects of global warming. The first KML file features an interactive timeline and animations showing predicted changes in temperature around the world over the next 100 years. This first KML file also features interactive icons to use to explore the effects of global warming on people in different regions of the world.

The second KML file from the British Antarctic Survey demonstrates the retreat of the Antarctic ice shelves. Upon opening this file users will be able to use a predictive timeline to see the future retreat of the ice shelves. Additionally, users can explore a series of placemarks connected to ground level images of Antarctica.

Applications for Education
Google Earth is a powerful free program for use in the classroom. There are uses for Google Earth in science, math, geography, history, and literature courses. The KML files from the British Antarctic Survey can be used in science courses to study the effects of temperature change on the environment. Teachers may want to have students compare the effects of temperature change on different regions of the world and write explanations of the differences. The KML files from the British Antarctic Survey may also be used in geography courses to have students evaluate the impact of environmental change on the economic future of the inhabitants of a region.

Click here to install the latest version of Google Earth.