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


Science, Biology, Earth and Space Sciences

Resource Type

  • Videos, 3 minutes, 12 seconds, CC, Subtitles

Regional Focus

North America, Polar Regions


YouTube Video

Arctic Climate Change: How Temp Changes Impact the Planet

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  • This video describes how the Earth is affected by accelerated warming in the arctic. 
  • Students learn about temperature spikes, zombie fires, and coastal erosion and ecosystem loss. 
Teaching Tips


  • This video is easy to understand and the issues are well explained.
  • The video demonstrates how changes in climate in one area can have affects around the world.

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  • Life science teachers could use this resource to describe the far reaching effects of global warming on various ecosystems.
  • Earth science teachers could use this video to explain different factors that increase CO2 levels in the atmosphere.
  • This video could be used in a geography class to explore how climate change could affect land use and settlement patterns.
  • To learn more about the impacts of climate change on the arctic check out this activity and video, which is from the perspective of Native Alaskans experiencing these changes firsthand.
  • Other similar resources include this lesson on arctic caribou, this artwork on habitat degradation, and this lesson plan on climate change data
Scientist Notes
The resource highlights the impact of increased global temperatures on sea ice, the arctic soils, and forest fires. Evidence from the reports show these phenomena further increase CO2 levels. The cause-effect descriptions will provide insight to students. Thus, the resource is valid and recommended for teaching.
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • 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.
      • HS-ESS3-5 Analyze geoscience data and the results from global climate models to make an evidence-based forecast of the current rate of global or regional climate change and associated future impacts to Earth systems.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Geography
      • D2.Geo.2.6-8 Use maps, satellite images, photographs, and other representations to explain relationships between the locations of places and regions, and changes in their environmental characteristics.
  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Speaking & Listening (K-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.7.2 Analyze the main ideas and supporting details presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and explain how the ideas clarify a topic, text, or issue under study.
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