Video Resources Introduce Tricky Topics
One of my favorite current event topics to incorporate into my oceanography and chemistry classes is a study of Ocean Acidification that results in climate change. I generally start with some general discussion around climate change. I have students make a list of what they think might happen if temperatures increase and then, to help provide some background information on climate change, I show them the National Geographic video, “Six Degrees Could Change the World.” I also give each student a slip of paper labeled with the name of a marine creature. At the end of the lesson, the students have the opportunity to find out what happened to their organism. For example, coral may have been bleached and died. I also like to use “Acid Test: The Global Challenge of Ocean Acidification.” This is a National Resource Defense Council video (21:33) and is available for you to stream for free at YouTube. I always have students calculate their personal carbon footprint. While not specifically related to climate change, I have also read The Lorax by Dr. Seuss (Random House Books for Young Readers, 1971) to spark discussions of endangered species.
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