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Lesson plan; In Phoenix, Heat Becomes a Brutal Test of Endurance

Subject: Global Warming

Grade Level: 9-12

Arizona is used to scorching summers, but the region’s long stretch of days with 110-degree temperatures is straining patience and resources. Summers in Phoenix are now a brutal endurance match. As the climate warms, forecasters say that dangerous levels of heat crank up earlier in the year, last longer — often well past Halloween — and lock America’s hottest big city in a sweltering straitjacket.


Lesson plan

  1. Begin by asking students what they know about global warming. What do they think causes it? What are some of the effects it has on the environment?
  2. Read the article “Phoenix Heat Wave: The Deadliest in City’s History” to the class. Discuss the article’s main points, such as the fact that the heat wave was the deadliest in Phoenix’s history and that it was likely caused by global warming.

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  1. Explain the definition of global warming and its causes. Emphasize that global warming is caused by human activities, such as the burning of fossil fuels. And answer these questions:

Fact questions:

  1. Discuss the effects of global warming on the environment. These effects can include rising sea levels, melting glaciers, more extreme weather events, and changes in plant and animal life.
  2. Discuss the effects of global warming on human health. These effects can include heat stress, respiratory problems, and the spread of vector-borne diseases.
  3. Have students brainstorm ways to reduce their own impact on climate change. These actions can include driving less, using less energy, and recycling.
  4. Conclude the lesson by summarizing the key points that were discussed.

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