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Author

The Telegraph

Grades

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

Subjects

Science, Social Studies, Biology, Earth and Space Sciences, Geography, Health

Regional Focus

Middle East

Format

YouTube Video

Too Hot For Humans? Jacobabad Temperatures Rise to 50°C

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Synopsis
  • This video discusses the occurrence of extreme heat and humidity in Jacobabad, Pakistan.
  • Students will learn that extreme heat and humidity is dangerous for human beings and how extreme heat and humidity are increasing due to climate change.
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • This is a short video that shows people are already being affected by climate change in a serious way.

Additional Prerequisites

  • The report discusses temperature in degrees Celsius, so students may need to review a temperature scale showing temperatures in degrees F and degrees C.
  • Note that the reason high heat and humidity is dangerous to people is because sweat will not evaporate off the skin if the humidity level and temperature are too high, not because people cannot sweat enough.

Differentiation

  • Cross-curricular connections could be made with geography and social studies to discuss the unequal distribution of heat and humidity and the unequal effects of climate change on global populations.
Scientist Notes
It is important to understand the impact of wet-bulb temperatures as it influences our local weather and thermal comfort of the body. Educators should note the misconception "wet-bulb scale" at 0:51 minutes in the video. It should rather be wet-bulb thermometer or the values on the wet-bulb thermometer. The resource is suitable and recommended for teaching.
Standards
  • Social Studies
    • Geography
      • Geography 1 (D2): 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 describing the impact of change on the physical and cultural environment.
      • Geography 2 (F1): Students understand geographic aspects of unity and diversity in Maine, the United States, and various world cultures, including Maine Native Americans, by explaining how geographic features have impacted unity and diversity in Maine, the United States, and other nations.
      • Geography 1 (F2): 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 evaluating and developing a well-supported position about the impact of change on the physical and cultural environment.
      • 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.
      • Geography 2 (F2): Students understand geographic aspects of unity and diversity in Maine, the United States, and the world, including Maine Native American communities, 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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