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Human Impacts on Our Climate, Grade 6: STEM Road Map for Middle School

edited by: Carla C. Johnson, Janet B. Walton, and Erin Peters-Burton

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What if you could challenge your sixth graders to come up with a way to help tackle climate change in their own community? With this volume in the STEM Road Map Curriculum Series, you can!

Human Impacts on Our Climate outlines a journey that will steer your students toward authentic problem solving while grounding them in integrated STEM disciplines. Like the other volumes in the series, this book is designed to meet the growing need to infuse real-world learning into K–12 classrooms.

This interdisciplinary, three-lesson module uses project- and problem-based learning to help students investigate aspects of climate change that have been driven by the rise in global temperatures over the past century. Working in teams, students will use an engineering design process to identify a local environmental problem, develop a model to help monitor and minimize its impact, and create a presentation about their findings. To support this goal, students will do the following:

• Explore differences between weather and climate and explore temperature as an indicator of global warming.
• Examine the role that greenhouse gases play in global temperature warming.
• Explain the causes and effects of climate change and how humans have influenced it.
• Use mathematical modeling and numerical data to explore climate change’s impact.
• Analyze and synthesize credible resources to form scientific arguments regarding climate change.
• Develop a deeper understanding of how climate change influences the economy, our society, and people everywhere.

The STEM Road Map Curriculum Series is anchored in the Next Generation Science Standards, the Common Core State Standards, and the Framework for 21st Century Learning. In-depth and flexible, Human Impacts on Our Climate can be used as a whole unit or in part to meet the needs of districts, schools, and teachers who are charting a course toward an integrated STEM approach.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

About the Editors and Authors


Part 1: The STEM Road Map: Background, Theory, and Practice

1 Overview of the STEM Road Map Curriculum Series

Standards-Based Approach

Themes in the STEM Road Map Curriculum Series

The Need for an Integrated STEM Approach

Framework for STEM Integration in the Classroom

The Need for the STEM Road Map Curriculum Series


2 Strategies Used in the STEM Road Map Curriculum Series

Project- and Problem-Based Learning

Engineering Design Process

Learning Cycle

STEM Research Notebook

The Role of Assessment in the STEM Road Map Curriculum Series

Self-Regulated Learning Theory in the STEM Road Map Modules

Safety in STEM


Part 2: Human Impacts on Our Climate: STEM Road Map Module

3 Human Impacts on Our Climate Module Overview

Module Summary

Established Goals and Objectives

Challenge or Problem for Students to Solve: Think Globally, Act Locally Challenge

Content Standards Addressed in This STEM Road Map Module

STEM Research Notebook

Module Launch

Prerequisite Skills for the Module

Potential STEM Misconceptions

SRL Process Components

Strategies for Differentiating Instruction Within This Module

Strategies for English Language Learners

Safety Considerations for the Activities in This Module

Desired Outcomes and Monitoring Success

Assessment Plan Overview and Map

Module Timeline



Chapter 4: Human Impacts on Our Climate Lesson Plans

Lesson Plan 1: Weather Versus Climate and Global Warming Trends

Lesson Plan 2: The Greenhouse Effect and Climate Change

Lesson Plan 3: Reducing Your Carbon Footprint

5 Transforming Learning With Human Impacts on Our Climate and the STEM Road Map Curriculum Series

Appendix: Content Standards Addressed in This Module


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Type NSTA Press BookPub Date 5/7/2020Pages 130ISBN 978-1-68140-408-0Stock # PB425X15

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