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6th, 7th, 8th


Science, Earth and Space Sciences

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  • Ebooks

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Climate Change

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  • This resource provides the definition and encyclopedia entry for the term climate change. 
  • The text describes global warming, the difference between weather and climate, the causes of global warming and climate change, and many of the effects of climate change on humans and the environment.
Teaching Tips


  • The text is brief but packed with important information.

Additional Prerequisites

  • By clicking on the vocabulary tab, students can see definitions for some of the terms used in the text.


  • This resource could be used in science classes to introduce the topic of climate change when discussing weather, the atmosphere, the oceans, polar regions, or seasons.
  • Students can generate a list of questions they still have about climate change after reading the text that can be used to guide future lessons.
  • Students can check out the links to related resources at the bottom of the page to learn more.
Scientist Notes

The resource clearly explains the difference between weather and climate. It also explains the impact of climate change on melting ice, causing sea level rise and extreme weather events. 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.
  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Reading: Science & Technical Subjects (6-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.6-8.10 By the end of grade 8, read and comprehend science/technical texts in the grades 6-8 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
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