Why Are Cities Getting Hotter?

During this lesson, students explore the increase in summer temperatures and describe the pattern as it relates to Colorado using a video by the Denver Post.


Context for Use

This is the first lesson in the Climate Resiliency Education High School Climate Unit.

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What Students Will Do

Students will learn to ask questions and brainstorm using a driving question board.


Teaching Materials

Climate Resiliency HS1 - Colorado Temperature Spike Data
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  1. (5 minutes) Do Now/Warm-up prompt: Personal experiences
  2. (5 minutes) Class discussion: Find common themes.
  3. (20-30 minutes) Video: Watch the Denver Post video twice. 
  4. (5 min) Discussion/Driving questions: Generate questions and select three most crucial questions to get to the bottom of the phenomenon.
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