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Crash Course


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


Science, Social Studies, Earth and Space Sciences, Geography

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  • Videos, 12 minutes, 59 seconds, CC, Subtitles

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What Is Climate Change?

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  • This information-dense video describes many lines of evidence for anthropogenic climate change, including glacial retreat, ice core data, sea level rise, and changes in weather patterns.
  • Historic global climate patterns are explained in this video, along with the causes and implications of anthropogenic climate change.
  • This video also details the human impacts of the climate crisis such as migration, adaptation, and property loss.
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  • This video comprehensively covers evidence for climate change, paleoclimatology, and the causes and implications of climate change. 

Additional Prerequisites

  • This video is dense with scientific vocabulary and concepts.  Necessary background knowledge includes a basic understanding of weather, glaciers, climate, Earth history, and scientific evidence.


  • This video could be broken up into the following different sections for viewing and summarizing: evidence for climate change, historic global climate change, and implications of climate change.
  • Students could create a KWL chart and fill in the chart before, during, and after they view the video.
  • Teachers could create a viewing guide with key questions for understanding to support student comprehension.
Scientist Notes
This video is aptly named "Crash Course" as it covers the basics of climate change science in 12 minutes. The information presented in this video is accurate and verifiable, with one exception. The video states that there is greater than 95% probability that humans are causing climate change. This video predates the release of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's 6th Assessment Report, which says "It is unequivocal that human influence has warmed the atmosphere, ocean and land." There is no longer any room for doubt in the cause of global warming. This resource is recommended for teaching.
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS2: Earth's Systems
      • HS-ESS2-4 Use a model to describe how variations in the flow of energy into and out of Earth’s systems result in changes in climate.
    • 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.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Geography
      • D2.Geo.9.6-8 Evaluate the influences of long-term human-induced environmental change on spatial patterns of conflict and cooperation.
      • D2.Geo.12.9-12 Evaluate the consequences of human-made and natural catastrophes on global trade, politics, and human migration.
      • D2.Geo.9.9-12 Evaluate the influence of long-term climate variability on human migration and settlement patterns, resource use, and land uses at local-to-global scales.
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