Title: Changes Close to Home
Grade Level: 6-8
Source: Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Curriculum Materials:
Protocol, material links included


Students use interview techniques to explore perceptions about local
climate change among long-time residents of their community. Students
then compare the results of their interviews to 30-year local temperature and
precipitation record

  • Study perceptions of local climate and climate change
  • Study connections between climate and society
  • Compare perceptions with 30 local weather records


  • Access to the Internet
  • Activity Sheet B
  • Activity Sheet C
  • Activity Sheet D
  • Transparency of Fig. 2.1
  • Overhead projector
  • Graph paper

This exercise is designed for Alaska, where changes in climate are more extreme than in New England, but can be easily adapted to any area.

Students will learn about climate change, and the interaction between climate and society. They will interview local residents who have lived in the area for a long time about their experience with the climate, and how it has changed, and compare those data with local climate records, and discuss their findings in class.


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