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6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th


Science, Social Studies, History, Geography

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  • Videos, 7 minutes, 14 seconds, CC, Subtitles

Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - West, Arizona


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How Urban Heat Impacts Communities of Color

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  • This video explains urban heat and its impact on various communities of color in Phoenix, Arizona.
  • Students learn about urban heat islands, mean radiant temperature, and redlining and its effect on communities of color. 
Teaching Tips


  • It contains graphics that aid understanding of the video. 
  • It explains the effect of redlining on communities of color.
  • It describes how urban heat islands affects communities of color more than others.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should be familiar with environmental racism.


  • Teachers could use this video to introduce environmental racism to 6th-8th graders. 
  • Teachers could use this video to explain the effects of redlining in a history class.
  • Teachers could use part 0:28-1:05 to describe mean radiant temperature.
  • Click here for a time-lapse video on Tokyo’s heat island effect. 
  • Click here for a lesson plan on urban heat islands.
  • Click here for a video on the benefits of urban trees.
  • Click here for an StC lesson plan on redlining and environmental racism. 
Scientist Notes
This resource provides in detail the concept of urban heat islands, redlining, and environmental racism in some parts of the USA. This is suitable to inspire students to advocate for systemic change and environmental justice activism. The resource is recommended.
  • Social Studies
    • Geography
      • Geography 1 (D2): Students understand the geography of the United States and various regions of the world and the effect of geographic influences on decisions about the present and future by using inquiry to predict and evaluate consequences of geographic influences.
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