Global Warming

West Haven Public Schools

Unit Planning Organizer

Subject:   Integrated Science                  

 Grade:    10

Unit:    6 Global Warming (9.8)                  

 Pacing:   1 week

Essential Question(s):

  1. If acid rain is only a little acidic, what’s the big deal?
  2. What could cause the temperature to rise every year and who should care?

Big Idea(s):

  1. Acid rain affects crops and animal life, which can have a negative affect on human life.  It can also wear away the structure of a building and other landforms over time.
  2. 2.        The burning of fossil fuels causes global warming, which can raise the temperature of the earth over time, causing sea levels to rise and flooding coastal communities.  This can also affect global weather patterns, crops, and animal life. 

CT State Standards (includes West Haven’s “Priority” GLES’s in BOLD and “Supporting” Standards)

“Unwrapped” Concepts and Skills, and Bloom Levels (BL)

The use of resources by human populations may affect the quality of the environment 

Explain the formation of acid rain and describe its effects on the environment.

Investigate causes of the “greenhouse effect” and its role in global warming.

Investigate air and water pollution to present findings regarding causes and sources 


Concepts(Need to Know)

Skills(Able to Do)



Human populations




2, 3, 4

 Instructional Planning

Suggested Resources/Materials:

United Streaming


Readings/ Current events

Lab equipment

EEEP sheet (exciting example of everyday phenomena) 

Suggested Research-based Effective Instructional Strategies:

Interactive use of technology

Direct instruction

Cooperative group work

Hands-on learning

Independent classwork


Jigsaw activity/ student presentations


Vocabulary/Word Wall


Interdisciplinary Connections


acid rain

greenhouse effect

global warming

air pollution

water pollution 

Video with questions



Clean water


Answer questions

Air pollution in hot and cold environment

Political debate and government regulation of energy production and consumption