The Effects of Climate Change on Agricultural Systems

5-hour Unit
Target Audience: 6th-12th Grade Students
As the climate changes, increased temperatures and extreme events are predicted in the southwestern United States, which could impact crop productivity and food security. We partnered with the USDA Southwest Climate Hub to design an engaging, fun, and scientifically rigorous education unit aligned with Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards. This unit is freely available and intended for use by anyone, especially educators of 6-12th grade students. The unit consists of five activities and was designed to be conducted over five days (or five hours). Each activity can also stand alone however, and the unit need not be completed in its entirety.
Click the icons below to watch brief instructional videos to learn how to conduct select lessons from the Effects of Climate Change on Agricultural Systems Unit. 
Farms on the Table: Making Farmland Decisions in a Changing Climate
Interacting Adaptations: Trade-Offs in the Agriculture Industry

Wilt it be Productive? Modeling an Adaptation to Climate Change

Washed Away: Climate Change and Farmland Soil Quality
Get Out and Graze (GO AG!): Criollo vs. Angus Cattle in a Changing Climate
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