Sea-Level Rise Curriculum


Sea-Level Rise in the Classroom is a four-module curriculum designed for high school teachers to introduce sea-level rise impacts and discuss community based solutions with their students.

Module 1 addresses the science behind sea-level rise and coastal flooding, and the other three highlight pathways towards community resilience through individual and community action. Module 2 covers natural solutions, Module 3 allows students to investigate the role of policy and ordinances, and Module 4 brings it together through community planning. A culminating project allows students to explore simulated towns and create resilience plans.

COMING SOON: The current MS-AL curriculum is being updated to incorporate the soon-to-be released sea-level rise scenarios to reflect the most up to date scientific knowledge. New versions of the curriculum are also being created for Texas, Louisiana, and Florida.

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Module 1: Sea-Level Rise and Flooding Basics
Module 2: Natural Solutions

Module 2 covers natural solutions as a pathway toward community resilience.

Module 2 with all lessons

2.1 Tides and Wetlands
2.2 Living with Living Shorelines
2.3 Puddles to Gardens

For all other document formats, supplemental materials, and PowerPoints please visit the curriculum’s Google Drive folder here.

Module 3: Ordinance and Policy Solutions

Module 3 allows students to investigate the role of policy and ordinances as a pathway toward community resilience.

Module 3 with all lessons

3.1 Whose Law Is It Anyways?
3.2 Community Assets at Risk
3.3 Flooding Pains and Dream House Gains

For all other document formats, supplemental materials, and PowerPoints please visit the curriculum’s Google Drive folder here.

Module 4: Community Planning

Module 4 brings all of the solutions-based content together via community planning.

Module 4 with all lessons

4.1 Sea-Level Rise Risk & Reward
4.2 Stakeholder Roll Call
4.3 Kingtown – Planning with a Purpose

For all other document formats, supplemental materials, and PowerPoints please visit the curriculum’s Google Drive folder here.

Capstone Project

The Capstone Project allows students to explore simulated towns and create resilience plans. 

Capstone Teacher Directions

Capstone Student Directions

Capstone Informal Education Version

For all other document formats, supplemental materials, and PowerPoints please visit the curriculum’s Google Drive folder here.

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To learn more about the development of the curriculum, visit the Sea-Level Rise in the Classroom project page!