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Global Climate Change Modules from PBS and NASA

By Laura Faye Tenenbaum,
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Explore best practices for teaching global climate change (GCC) to middle- and high-school students with these free, self-paced modules for teachers.

Each module includes STEM resources that will increase your knowledge of climate change concepts and can be used directly with students.

This professional development experience was funded by NASA's Global Climate Change Education initiative. This initiative is designed to improve the quality of the nation's STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education and enhance students' and teachers' literacy about global climate and Earth system change from elementary grades to lifelong learners.

Global Climate Change Module

  • Introduction to Earth's Dynamically Changing Climate

    Introduction to Earth's Dynamically Changing Climate

    How is the Earth's climate changing? Within the mainstream scientific community the fundamentals of global warming and climate change are no longer in question and increasing evidence shows that human activities make a significant contribution to this change. Examine evidence of climate change from different parts of the Earth’s system and consider what it means to live on a planet with a dynamically changing climate.

  • Impacts of a Warming Arctic

    Impacts of a Warming Arctic

    In the Earth system, a change in one part of the system will lead to a change in another part through positive and negative feedbacks. Feedbacks render some parts of the Earth more sensitive to climate change than others. Examine the evidence for changes in ice cover at the Arctic and explore why climate changes at the poles are so important to the rest of the climate system.

  • Coastal Consequences of Sea Level Rise

    Coastal Consequences of Sea Level Rise

    The present and future impacts of global climate change on human populations are unevenly distributed across the planet. As a consequence of a warming climate, sea levels are rising at a rate of more than 3 millimeters (mm) a year. Learn how sea level rise will have increasingly serious consequences for human health and life quality.

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What Does the Ocean Have to Do with the Weather Report?

Ignite curiosity in global climate using the NASA resource "Earth as a System" offered on PBS LearningMedia. Use this video to examine the movement of earth's global systems; discuss factors that might influence these systems - like El Nino; and consider how a change in one system might affect the others.

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