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Authors

MOOSE, Maine Department of Energy

Grades

3rd, 4th, 5th

Subjects

Science, Social Studies

Resource Types

  • Lesson Plans
  • Interactive Media
  • Worksheets
  • Videos, 2 minutes, 46 seconds
  • Games
  • Videos, 2 minutes, 13 seconds
  • Videos, 2 minutes, 49 seconds, CC, Subtitles
  • Videos, 11 minutes, 31 seconds, CC
  • Videos, 3 minutes, 51 seconds, CC
  • Experiments
  • Videos, 17 seconds
  • Presentation Slides
  • Videos, 12 seconds
  • Videos, 3 minute, 54 seconds
  • Assessments
  • Videos, 2 minutes, 44 seconds
  • Videos, 4 minutes, 16 seconds
  • Videos, 2 minutes, 8 seconds
  • Videos, 1 minute, 51 seconds

Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - Northeast, Maine

Format

Google Docs, Google Slides

How Does Climate Impact My Hobbies Here in Maine?

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Synopsis
  • In this learning module, students can work independently or with a little guidance to learn about Maine's outdoor hobbies, climate zones, climate change impacts, and economic impacts.
  • Students will have many opportunities to learn and demonstrate learning through videos, self-checking activities, experiments, and a final writing project.
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • For the final project of this learning module, students can choose from three ways to present their learning, each giving students an authentic purpose for their writing/presentation.
  • Students get a lot of choice in this learning module, from how to participate in certain activities to how they want to demonstrate their learning.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Some students may need the terms entrepreneur and initiative defined prior to beginning the lesson.
  • The video defines the terms recreation and hobbies quite well, however, it may be beneficial to talk about and give examples of hobbies and recreation activities with students prior to the lesson, especially for English language learners.
  • Students should be familiar with a world map and the continents, and should have a basic understanding of plant respiration.

Differentiation

  • While watching or after watching the climate zones video, students can also create a chart, listing the characteristics of each climate zone.
  • Students with auditory processing difficulties can slow the speed of the videos to support their learning.
  • Language arts classes can use this module in persuasive writing units.
  • Students in SEL or guidance classes can discuss the importance of hobbies and recreation when it comes to mental health.
  • Geography classes can use this module as students label the climate zones on a map. Students can also discuss the effect that their climate zone has on their economy and, subsequently, how climate change can impact that economy.
  • Science classes can use this learning module in a unit discussing greenhouse gases and/or the various cycles in plants, as both are briefly covered in this module.
Scientist Notes
This resource from the Maine Department of Energy is an amazing resource for teachers and students. The module starts by walking students through thinking about what their hobbies are and what they do for recreation in Maine, students are then guided through a module about climate change the effects on the climate, weather, plants, and people. Another module guides students through what cause and effect is, a fifth module walks students through the Maine economy, impacts to the economy from climate change, and what happens to the economy due to climate change, and the final module has students thinking critically about how they can help. The module provides many videos, lessons, and learning opportunities for students. This would be an excellent resource for a classroom discussion about seasons and climates.
Standards
  • Science and Engineering
    • ESS2: Earth’s Systems
      • 3-ESS2-2 Obtain and combine information to describe climates in different regions of the world.
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • 4-ESS3-1 Obtain and combine information to describe that energy and fuels are derived from natural resources and their uses affect the environment.
    • LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
      • 5-LS2-1 Develop a model to describe the movement of matter among plants, animals, decomposers, and the environment.
  • English Language Arts
    • Writing (K-12)
      • W.3.2 Develop, strengthen, and produce polished writing by using a collaborative process that includes the age-appropriate use of technology.
      • W.3.3 Routinely produce a variety of clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, audience, and purpose.
      • W.4.2 Develop, strengthen, and produce polished writing by using a collaborative process that includes the age-appropriate use of technology.
      • W.4.3 Routinely produce a variety of clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, audience, and purpose.
      • W.5.3 Routinely produce a variety of clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, audience, and purpose.
  • Social Studies
    • Geography
      • Geography 1: Students understand the geography of the community, Maine, the United States, and various regions of the world by explaining that geography includes the study of Earth's physical features including climate and the distribution of plant, animal, and human life.
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