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Sea Level Rise


6th, 7th, 8th


Science, Earth and Space Sciences

Resource Types

  • Articles and Websites
  • Interactive Media
  • Charts, Graphs, and Tables

Regional Focus


The Future of Sea Level Rise

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  • In this article, students will learn about the extent that sea levels are rising, future forecasts, how sea level rise is measured, and the impacts of increasing sea levels on the planet.
  • The article includes interactive maps of sea level rise forecasts and ice mass loss over time.
Teaching Tips


  • This is an easy-to-follow article with clear headings and information.
  • There are links to articles with more detailed information about the subtopics.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should be able to read and interpret simple line graphs.
  • Students should have a basic understanding of global warming and its impacts on our environment.


Scientist Notes
The resource outlines ice sheets' melt, the causes and forecast of sea level rise, flooding risk, and future projections using ICESat-2. Students can explore different cities that ICESat-2 covers to gain understanding on the rate of change. Recommended for teaching.
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-3 Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.
      • 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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