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Peg Steffen, NOAA National Ocean Service March 18, 2010 Climate Resources for Formal and Informal Educators.

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1 Peg Steffen, NOAA National Ocean Service March 18, 2010 Climate Resources for Formal and Informal Educators

2 For classroom teachers and informal educators in parks, refuges, forest lands, nature centers, zoos, aquariums, science centers. Target audience - middle school grade level Case study approach that includes the science of climate change, its impacts on U.S. wildlife and wildlands, and what students can do to help address the issues.

3 Activities for students – based on the 11 eco-region case studies – including science, social science, math, language arts, and art activities. Developed by master teachers in the 2008 Albert Einstein Fellowship. The specific Climate Literacy Guidelines and National Education Standards are referenced for each activity. Glossary of Scientific Terms – great for vocabulary development. Template and instructions for making the popular EPA Global Warming Wheel Card PDF of Poster titled “How Do You Measure Up?” illustrating the importance of setting goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in households, schools, communities, etc., by first taking an inventory of one’s present emissions. Video – 12 minute, high definition, engaging and highly informative video on climate change science and impacts on wildlife and their habitat in U.S., to be used in classrooms as an introduction to the topic or in Visitor Centers and in docent/interpreter talks in informal educational settings. Fact sheets on how migratory birds and cold-water fish will be impacted by climate change

4 Ecoregion Format: Introduction to geographic and geologic features Ecosystem characteristics Impacts of Climate Change Spotlight on a Species Profiling an Climate Steward Case Studies focus on 11 ecoregions in the U.S. Western Forests and Mountains – Mountain Pine Beetle Western Coastline - Salmon Eastern Coastline – Diamondback Terrapin Gulf Coast – Red Mangrove Pacific Islands – Monk Seal Caribbean – Coral reefs Great Lakes – Lake trout Polar / Subpolar (Alaska) – Pacific Walru Desert Arid – Desert Pupfish Prairie Grasslands – Waterfowl Eastern Forests and Woodlands – Bees and Pollination

5 Bioregion - Prairie Grasslands Case Study: Prairies and Grasslands Activity 1 – Wetlands/Migration Simulation Activity 2 – Graphing/Data Analysis Activity 3 – Landsat Activity

6 Global Warming What’s Your Score? In the United States, a typical household of two people generates approximately 41,500 pounds of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions every year from household activities and personal transportation.

7 The Paddy O' Mallard Story Illustrated by Kent Olson, USFWS Publication # , Government Printing Office U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

8 Introductory Video

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24 Time to Migrate and Mate! (If you are a duck)

25 The Impact of Climate Change on Prairie Potholes Activity 3 Landsat Activity: Compare 2 images of North Dakota pothole region 10 years apart


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