Project Resilience - a high school curriculum about the environmental challenges facing Gulf coastal communities

Lesson 3: Case Studies of Coastal Change

Students investigate three case studies of environmental change, including how the combined effects of sea level rise and sinking land are projected to impact the Louisiana coast this century, how hurricanes affect the coast, and how fisheries are impacted due to environmental change.

Lesson 3 is divided into three parts, each intended for about a day of instruction time. A lesson plan, including teacher instructions, for each part is linked below:

  • Lesson 3: Part 1: Sea Level Rise - Students will use an online interactive tool to discover how global sea level rise is affecting locations in Terrebonne Parish, LA, depending on elevation.
  • Lesson 3: Part 2: A Tale of Two Hurricanes - Students will explore hurricane data to learn that different hurricanes cause different types of damage in coastal communities where they make landfall.
  • Lesson 3: Part 3: Changing Ecosystems - Students will discover that the life cycle of the brown shrimp depends on multiple environments, each with unique water characteristics. They will use data to make connections between changing wetlands ecosystems and declining Brown Shrimp populations.

Time Required

  • Teacher Preparation Time: approximately 50 min
  • Part 1: 50 minutes
  • Part 2: 50 minutes
  • Part 3: 50 minutes

Standards

Louisiana Student Standards for Science:

  • HS-ESS3-1: Construct an explanation based on evidence for how the availability of natural resources, the occurrence of natural hazards, and changes in climate have influenced human activity.
  • HS-ESS3-4: Evaluate or refine a technological solution that reduces the impact of human activities with natural systems.

Additional Dimensions:

  • Science and Engineering Practices: Analyzing and Interpreting Data
  • Engineering connection: Influence of Science, Engineering, and Technology on Society and the Natural World
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