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Next Generation Science Standards-Aligned MIT Blossoms Lesson—Sea Level Rise

Grade Level Grades 9-12
Resource Type Handout


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NGSS-Aligned Biology Video Lesson

MIT BLOSSOMS has created five video lessons to support STEM teachers by demonstrating the three-dimensional instruction required in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Each of these lessons was developed around a specific standard, and the resources included in these pages are intended to illustrate the thinking that went into constructing each lesson to align with NGSS. We are hopeful that these resources will be valuable in guiding STEM teachers as they work to align their own classroom lessons with NGSS. We encourage teachers to refer to the BLOSSOMS Coaching Template (BLOSSOMS Coaching Template pdf handout below) which is designed to help them adapt their lessons by clearly defining what the students are doing and what the teacher is doing.

We also believe that these resource materials could be used as the basis for a Teacher Professional Learning (TPL) workshop for NGSS and have included a Workshop Facilitator Guide (Workshop Facilitator Guide pdf handout below), plus accompanying resources, developed for this purpose.

The lesson includes a BLOSSOMS video and the NGSS Instructional Resources for that lesson.

For more information on BLOSSOMS NGSS For Teachers, visit:

NGSS Instructional Resources for "Sea Level Rise: The Ocean's Uplifting Experience"

The purpose of this lesson is to introduce students to the concept of sea level rise as it occurs through climate change by having them examine 3 specific parameters: ice distribution, thermal expansion, and analyzing and interpreting data. The lesson and activities within the lesson were designed using the three dimensions of the Framework for K-12 Science Education and the Next Generation Science Standards – specifically crosscutting concepts, science and engineering practices, and disciplinary core ideas.

The Objectives of this Lesson Are:

  • Students will use an investigation of a glacial model to predict what will happen in reference to changes over time.
  • Students will predict results of an investigation related to the water height and temperature variables.
  • Students will use real world data to identify patterns and trends, and create a model to explain their predictions.

The NGSS Performance Expectations of this lesson are:

  • HS-ESS3-5: Climate Change and Future Impacts
  • Analyze geoscience data and the results from global climate models to make an evidence-based forecast of the current rate of global or regional climate change and associated future impacts to Earth systems.

NGSS-related Resources for this Lesson​

Handouts for this lesson can be found on the MIT BLOSSOMS site.




Handout, Worksheet
December 7, 2020
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December 7, 2020
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Sea Level Rise: The Ocean’s Uplifting Experience
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