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Understanding Climate Change, Grades 7–12

NSTA Press Book by: Laura Tucker and Lois Sherwood

New in 2019!
Get help teaching one of the hottest topics in science with Understanding Climate Change, Grades 7–12. This nine-session module is written to be practical and accessible. It provides both extensive background and step-by-step instructions for using three-dimensional methods to explore this complex subject. It fits easily into a middle or high school curriculum while addressing the Next Generation Science Standards. The material can be covered in just three or four weeks or used in part to supplement your existing curriculum. Best of all, your students will find the module truly engaging. Rather than spoon-feeding them information, the lessons spur them to investigate evidence of climate change and global warming for themselves.

Understanding Climate Change is designed with the Learning Cycle and the BSCS 5E Instructional Model in mind. The module starts with an in-depth look at sources of CO2 (carbon dioxide) and the greenhouse effect. It then addresses misconceptions about climate change; in fact, an entire session is devoted to evaluating information to see if it’s accurate, verifiable, complete, and from a reputable source. Then the lessons prompt students to conduct their own scientific research, discuss ripple effects, and examine solutions. The authors deliberately structured this module to build a conceptual foundation without risking information overload. Your students will come away prepared to analyze what they hear about climate change outside of class. They’ll also be ready to use critical thinking skills to draw their own conclusions about what should be done and to come up with ways they can take action to mitigate the effects of climate change in their homes, schools, and communities.


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Reviews (2)
  • on Sat Jul 20, 2019 2:49 PM

After seven years of trying to cobble together a good unit on Climate Change, I think I have found what I’ve been looking for. It is the new NSTA publication Understanding Climate Change. It is divided into nine session that take 19-20 45-minute classes to teach, but this time frame can be shortened if some activities are done as homework. I’ve spent time this summer going through the labs, activities, videos and find it fits well with the AP Environmental Science CED’s Unit 9. I know by the time I get to Unit 9 (the last one), I will be nearing exhaustion and/or sick with something being passed around school, so I wanted to get that part of the year set up before school started. If you are casting about for what to do for climate change, I highly recommend that you take a look at this curriculum. It is well-thought out in terms of content, pedagogy, and science practices. I could have never come close to this level of high-quality teaching on my own.

Barbara Christian  (Mooresville, NC)
Barbara Christian (Mooresville, NC)

  • on Wed May 15, 2019 9:24 PM

Several things you should know about me. I never review anything. In fact... this may be a first. Also, I never follow a curriculum because I feel like my creativity is limited and I try to match learning for my students. Thing three, I live in an uber-conservative state (Wyoming) which funds its school by coal, oil, and natrual gas. When faced with the challenge of teaching climate change, this book was my lifesaver! Students were engaged and not angry, as I feared. The book also provided so many resources, background information, and gave me confidence. I loved, flagged, highlighted, and delighted in every page.

Jenny Edwards  (Casper, WY)
Jenny Edwards (Casper, WY)


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