Course Description

Credit Validation for National Geographic Society Online Course Participants Only

Earth's global climate is changing, bringing numerous changes to the planet and the organisms that live on it. Scientific instruments around the world show that our global temperature increased by almost 1.5 degrees celsius since the early 20th century.  Consequences of this observed warming include substantial melting of glaciers, rising sea levels, and increased risk of drought, wildfires, and plant and animal extinctions.  This course integrates content and pedagogical practices that are important for teaching global climate change at the middle school level.

Make sure you are enrolled in the Teaching Global Climate Change in Your Classroom course with National Geographic Society. Visit the National Geographic Society website to enroll in this course.

Learner Outcomes

  • Examine one's understanding of global climate change and human impacts working through activities that connect to big climate change concepts
  • Modify existing activities and create new lessons about global climate change to incorporate into one's own instruction
  • Develop a library of tools and resources that one can use to inform future instructional design around climate change
  • Use the NGSS science and engineering practices (constructing explanations and creating models) to develop both educator's and students' understanding of the concepts
  • Analyze student thinking about climate change through video case studies

Course Details

Number of Units: 3.0 graduate level extension credit(s) in semester hours

Who Should Attend: This course provides continuing education for National Geographic Society online course participants, particularly middle school teachers of all subjects. Educators should have some basic background knowledge in science, but in-depth expertise is not necessary. The course is targeted to educators who work with students in grades 5-9, but could be applicable at all grade levels.



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