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Authors

Brad Plumer, Livia Albeck-Ripka

Grades

9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Subjects

Science, Biology, Earth and Space Sciences

Resource Type

  • Article

Regional Focus

Global

5 Plants and Animals Utterly Confused by Climate Change

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Synopsis
  • This article by The Seattle Times discusses how climate change affects different species of animals. The article covers animal migration, adaption, and how animals interact with their ecosystems. 

Teaching Tips

Positives

  • Features facts about different animal species and how climate change affects how animals interact with their environment.
  • Students can read individually on their devices or in pairs/groups.
  • Beautiful graphic of animals to go along with the story.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should be familiar with the following terms: climate, climate change, pollinator, season, species.

Differentiation

  • Students can be paired (e.g., ELL with native language speaker) to read and discuss the article.
  • Think-Pair-Share can be used with students to help them demonstrate their understanding of the article.
Scientist Notes

The resource documents ecological shifts and seasonal changes in weather patterns across the globe over a 38 year period as a result of climate change. This is troubling as it causes a mismatch in species phenology, reproduction, and survival. This resource is suitable for students to understand how species interact with climate in their "ecological niche" while others are declining towards extinction as a result of climate change. Recommended for teaching.

Standards
  • Science and Engineering
    • LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
      • HS-LS2-6 Evaluate the claims, evidence, and reasoning that the complex interactions in ecosystems maintain relatively consistent numbers and types of organisms in stable conditions, but changing conditions may result in a new ecosystem.
      • HS-LS2-7 Design, evaluate, and refine a solution for reducing the impacts of human activities on the environment and biodiversity.
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