Between 2008 and 2012, nearly 144 million people were forced to migrate due to exceptional weather phenomena. And the process continues, with one person having to move every second for climatic reasons.

"Goodbye Miami and New Orleans: whatever measures are put in place to fight climate change, these cities and other famous cities in the United States will be swallowed up by the rising oceans, according to a study published this year. week ”.

Source: The duty

The next activities will allow you to discover more about the phenomenon of the progressive rise of the oceans as well as the projections of the rising waters for the next decades if the temperature of the planet continues to rise.


At the end of the activities, the student will be able to:

- Explain the phenomenon of rising water levels;
- Name the consequences of rising oceans on coastal cities;
- Reconstruct the phenomenon of melting glaciers;
- Extract important information from a report in order to produce an infographic;
- Document the effects of rising sea levels on a particular city.

Suggested Activities

ACTIVITY 1: Rising sea levels, an imminent threat

To start this activity, introduce this video in order to better understand the disastrous stakes that the rising water levels will cause if the current rate continues for the next decades.

Continue by displaying this item Complementary dealing with various aspects related to rising sea levels.

Continue with the presentation of this menu World of the Oceans in order to perform various simulations related to the rise in temperatures. Model an example in front of the class, with the city of new York for example. Configure the data to be displayed, by selecting the temperature in the site options, in order to compare, on the two maps side by side, the observable differences in the rising water levels in this city in the United States. You will be able to observe the simulation of a rise in temperatures with the geography of the city or the current country.

Invite your students to record their findings in this consignment grid in order to keep records of their observations.

ACTIVITY 2: Future climate challenges

Introduce students to this folder thematic related to the climate and the various phenomena that occur as a result of climate change.

Ask them to choose a report of their choice and to produce a summary infographic of the words conveyed in order to make a visual synthesis.

Suggest that they use the Canva site to record the different information set out in the different reports.

ACTIVITY 3: Simulating the melting of glaciers

Invite students to reconstruct and compare the consequences of melting sea ice and icebergs and glaciers on sea and ocean levels. They will be able to better understand how the ice contributes to the rising waters when it melts.

Ask students to hypothesize about the experiment they are about to perform so that they can compare them based on their experiments.
Use this Steps so that they can follow the different stages of this simple and revealing experience.

Ask them to collect their observations.

Here are some questions:

• What did they observe during their reconstruction of the rising water phenomenon?
• What is the density of water in these different states?
• Why does water take up more space in the solid state?
• Etc.

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