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Science, Social Studies, Earth and Space Sciences

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  • Video, 38 seconds, CC, Subtitles
  • Lesson Plan, 65 - 80 minutes
  • Experiment
  • Worksheet

Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - Northeast

Youth Climate Story: Sea Level Rise in Massachusetts

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  • This short video highlights Eshe from Boston and shows evocative images of flooding, severe storms, and communities dealing with sea level rise in the Northeast. 
  • The "Is Ice, Ice Baby?" lesson plan is also included with this video.

Teaching Tips


  • This video provides visual evidence of flooding and severe storms and tells a personal story.
  • The included experiment is a fun way to get students involved with a hands-on activity.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should be familiar with the definition of climate change.
  • It may be useful to discuss that not all flooding or storms are due to climate change, but the severity and/or frequency are changing due to climate change.
  • Teachers must create a free account to access the lesson plan, but the video is available without signing in.


  • Consider having students discuss an environmental problem in their area and have them work in groups to research solutions.
  • Students could investigate the consequences of sea level rise and climate change on communities, such as migration, the loss of life, and damage to infrastructure and property. 
  • Science and technical design classes could investigate possible engineering solutions to some of these issues.
  • Students could write a reflection paragraph about how they would feel if their home or school was devastated by flooding.
Scientist Notes

This resource is suitable and recommended for teaching.

  • Science and Engineering
    • ESS2: Earth’s Systems
      • HS-ESS2-5 Plan and conduct an investigation of the properties of water and its effects on Earth materials and surface processes.
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • HS-ESS3-1 Construct an explanation based on evidence for how the availability of natural resources, occurrence of natural hazards, and changes in climate have influenced human activity.
  • Social Studies
    • Geography
      • 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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