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Project Look Sharp, Sox Sperry


6th, 7th, 8th


Science, English Language Arts, Visual and Performing Arts

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  • Activity - Classroom, 10-40 minutes
  • Videos, 2 minutes
  • Videos, 1 minute, 20 seconds
  • Lesson Plans
  • Worksheets

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Polar Regions


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Sea Level Rise: Climate Change Impacts

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  • In this activity, students will look critically at web content and videos from The Guardian, The International Forecaster, and The Climate Institute about the impacts of sea level rise due to melting polar ice and glaciers.
  • The resource includes a student worksheet, lesson plan, student handout, and two downloadable video clips.
Teaching Tips
  • The lesson plan offers many possible variations, depending on your focus.
Additional Prerequisites
  • Teachers must create a free account to access the materials.
  • The worksheet asks students about the reliability of the sources they are given, so you will need to provide instruction on how they can determine this.
  • Be sure you have researched the sources ahead of time so you are aware of their viewpoints and biases.
  • The lesson plan refers to a "constructivist media decoding process," details about which can be found in the lesson plan. 
  • You may want to use some process or protocol where students are responding to questions individually and in small groups before discussing as a whole class.
  • The reading for this activity is a bit dense, so a structured reading process may help some students.
  • Other resources about sea level rise include this NASA resource, this NOAA resource, and this StC lesson plan
Scientist Notes

Datasets used fit in modeling future climate projections and scenarios. This resource can engage students on how to manage data, analyze, determine the factors that contribute to climate change, and compute estimates for future climate change impact on human settlement, sea level rise, and other weather events. This is recommended for teaching.

  • Science and Engineering
    • ESS2: Earth’s Systems
      • MS-ESS2-4 Develop a model to describe the cycling of water through Earth’s systems driven by energy from the sun and the force of gravity.
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-5 Ask questions to clarify evidence of the factors that have caused the rise in global temperatures over the past century.
  • English Language Arts
    • Reading (K-12)
      • R.6-8.4 Read various texts closely to determine what each text explicitly says and to make logical inferences; cite specific textual evidence to support conclusions drawn from the texts.
      • R.6-8.9 Assess how perspective or purpose shapes the content and style of various texts.
  • Social Studies
    • Geography
      • Geography 1 (F1): Students understand the geography of the community, Maine, the United States, and various regions of the world, and geographic influences on life in the past, present, and future by using the geographic grid and a variety of types of maps, including digital sources, to locate and access relevant geographic information that reflects multiple perspectives.
      • Geography 2 (D1): Students understand geographic aspects of unity and diversity in Maine, the United States, and various world cultures, including Maine Native Americans, by summarizing and interpreting the relationship between geographic features and cultures of Maine Native Americans, and historical and recent immigrant groups in Maine, the United States, and the world.
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