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This lesson examines the relationship between the environment and human health. More specifically students learn how environmental effects from climate change can negatively impact our health. They identify those who may be most vulnerable to these threats and consider steps that authorities and individuals should take to address them.
All materials and resources required to complete the lesson are included along with suggestions for continuing/extending the learning.
- analyzing climate and health information
- demonstrating an understanding of interconnections via flow charts
The lesson is thorough and easy to implement.
All information and tools required to complete the lesson are included.
There is a good quantity of current information to support both students and teachers.
The lesson can be made relevant to the lives of the learners.
The lesson will add to any discussion of climate change by introducing an often omitted element- its impact on human health. By doing so, it allows teachers of health and social studies programs to incorporate climate education outcomes.
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|Consideration of Alternative Perspectives
Information provided to students represents current science and related information from a variety of valid sources.
|Consideration of Alternative Perspectives:
|Multiple Dimensions of Problems & Solutions
Illustrating the interconnections of climate, environmental change and human health is at the core of the lesson.
|Multiple Dimensions of Problems & Solutions:
Effectively addresses the environmental, economic and social dimensions of the issue(s) being explored.
The materials students use in the lesson effectively illustrate the complexity of the climate change & human health connection.
The complexity of the problems/issues being discussed is respected.
|Acting on Learning
The lesson plan requires students to consider how personal actions in fighting climate change can benefit their own health and protect those most vulnerable in their community. It does not include/support an action project for students.
|Acting on Learning:
Learning moves from understanding issues to working towards positive change — in personal lifestyle, in school, in the community, or for the planet
The accompanying student worksheet/template encourages students to consider the issues and discuss them with their classmates.
Students are explicitly provided with opportunities to identify, clarify and express their own beliefs/values.
|Empathy & Respect for Humans
The print resources supporting the lesson identify those individuals and groups whose health is most impacted by climate change.
|Empathy & Respect for Humans: Empathy and respect are fostered for diverse groups of humans (including different genders, ethnic groups, sexual preferences, etc.).
|Personal Affinity with Earth
Students are made well aware of the environmental impacts of climate change.
|Personal Affinity with Earth:
Encourages a personal affinity with -the natural world.
Students are frequently required to consider climate variation, environmental change and health impacts in their own community and experience.
Includes learning experiences that take advantage of issues/elements within the local community.
|Past, Present & Future
How our understanding of climate change impact has increased over time in terms of its effect on human health is a theme of the lesson. The growing understanding of how to address these issues is also revealed and provides reason for optimism.
|Past, Present & Future: Promotes an understanding of the past, a sense of the present, and a positive vision for the future.
There is no attempt made to steer students in any direction other than to an awareness of how climate change can impact human health.
Lessons are structured so that multiple/complex answers are possible; students are not steered toward one 'right' answer.
The lesson addresses outcomes in both science and health education.
Learning brings together content and skills from more than one subject area
The lesson is primarily one in which students are connected with resources to review and specific questions to answer based on the information provided.
Learning is directed by questions, problems, or challenges that students work to address.
In this particular lesson, the primary activity involves reading and responding. Some small & large group discussion is included.
Activities address a range of student learning styles, abilities and readiness.
Experiential learning is not featured in this lesson.
Authentic learning experiences are provided
The lesson design allows for group and individual work.
Group and cooperative learning strategies are a priority.
|Assessment & Evaluation
Students summarize information in the form of flow charts which can be used by teachers to assess understanding.
|Assessment & Evaluation: Tools are provided that help students and teachers to capture formative and summative information about students' learning and performance. These tools may include reflection questions, checklists, rubrics, etc.
Peer teaching opportunities are not included in this lesson.
Provides opportunities for students to actively present their knowledge and skills to peers and/or act as teachers and mentors.
Health impact information provided for the students to review is based on accounts of real people, places and events.
Relevant case studies are included. Case studies are thorough descriptions of real events from real situations that students use to explore concepts in an authentic context.
|Locus of Control
The learning tasks are largely scripted. There are few opportunities for students to choose content or methodology.
|Locus of Control: Meaningful opportunities are provided for students to choose elements of program content, the medium in which they wish to work, and/or to go deeper into a chosen issue.