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Author

Lisa LaBracio

Grades

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

Subjects

Science, Biology, Earth and Space Sciences

Resource Types

  • Video, 4 minutes, 41 seconds, CC, Subtitles
  • Interactive Media
  • Article

Regional Focus

Global, Polar Regions

Format

YouTube Video

The Myth of the Boiling Frog

Synopsis
  • This TED-Ed animated video explains that, while a frog would detect heat and jump out of warming pot, humans haven't made the changes necessary to slow the warming of our planet, even though we have the knowledge and power to do so. 
  • Students will learn about fossil fuels, greenhouse gasses, warming projections, and why it is necessary to achieve net-zero emissions as quickly as we can. 
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • The animation in the video is entertaining, colorful, and engaging. 
  • This is a wonderful, succinct video on basic concepts of climate change and taking climate action.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students who are less familiar with the Celsius temperature scale could be given the conversion in degrees Fahrenheit. 
  • Students must create a free account in order to use the interactive questions. 

Differentiation

  • It may be helpful to show the video more than once since it is short and includes a lot of foundational climate change information. 
  • Language arts classes could discuss analogies, focusing on the boiling frog analogy and how it compares to the concept of climate change and humans. 
  • Students could work in groups to create posters or advertisements encouraging others to take personal action to help reduce climate change using this course as a resource. 
  • After watching the video, art classes could look at this painting and discuss how climate change can be portrayed through art. 
  • Additional resources on this topic include this video by The Climate Reality Project which provides more information on the history of climate change and its impact on humans, as well as this NASA resource which further details the influence of greenhouse gasses. 
Scientist Notes
To avoid the worst consequences of climate change, scientists are in agreement that we need to achieve net zero carbon emissions as soon as possible. This resource video from TED-Ed explains why. This resource is recommended for teaching.
Standards
  • English Language Arts
    • Speaking & Listening (K-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.6.2 Interpret information presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and explain how it contributes to a topic, text, or issue under study.
    • Language (K-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.6.5 Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
  • Science
    • 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.
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