Two degrees

two degreesDecember 2015 was the wettest month in the UK since records began and devastating floods affected thousands of people. Scientists believe climate change may have caused this extreme weather. In this sequence students apply their knowledge to create an apocalyptic weather report. Then they learn the skill of examining consequences, and judge solutions for limiting the temperature rise to 2 degrees.

Editor’s note:  This is an updated version of the activity.


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Science objective

Climate: describe how global warming can impact on climate and local weather patterns (KS3 Science Syllabus)

Designed for the KS3 Science SyllabusEnquiry objective

Examine consequences: consider the impacts of carbon emission actions on the environment, people and money (KS3 Science Syllabus)

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Two degrees (Teachers guide)

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Two degrees - Lesson 2

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Two degrees - Lesson 1

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Running the activity

Lesson 1

Engage Get students interested in the issue and introduce the dilemma: What will save the world from getting more than two degrees hotter?
Review Students create a weather report to show the effects of climate change
Consider Students consider what it will be like to live in 2050 if targets are not met

Lesson 2
Engage Review the dilemma
Play Students play a game to learn how to examine the consequences of an action
Decide Students decide which climate change action they would recommend by considering the consequences of each

For detailed running notes, download the teachers guide.


Video showing BBC weather report during the storms
This could be shown in the Review of lesson 1 to help students plan their weather report

Two degrees: how the world failed on climate change
A straight talking article outlines the origin of the 2 degrees limit but argues that remaining within 2 degrees is delusional without serious changes now.

Climate change consequences
A video from the European commission, which outlines the causes and consequences of climate change.

European Environment Agency (EEA) report on climate change
This report, suitable for teacher background information, presents information on projected climate change and related impacts in Europe, based on a range of indicators.

Climate Interactive
his website helps people see what works to address climate change and related issues like energy, water, food, and disaster risk reduction

World Climate GAME
The World Climate Simulation is a role playing exercise of the UN climate change negotiations for groups, suitable for people from middle school to graduate school students

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  • carrie says:

    Good Resource!

    I related the idea of 2 degrees change to the students running a fever…2 degrees is a huge factor! The students enjoyed making the weather reports and even made “commercial breaks” for their reports, or sponsors, that were related to the effects that would be encountered (Umbrellas R’Us, Adams AirConditioning, etc). Nice way to let the kids be creative but accomplish the goal of changing weather.

  • karenmkelso says:

    Two Degrees

    I look forward to using this with my class.

  • roxigeo says:


    Foarte interesant!

  • baileymac says:


    This is my first visit and first resource but already I am eager to see what else is on offer!
    I am very impressed with how slick and professionally produced the resources are and I can’t wait to deliver my lessons to my class.
    I am a teacher in Scotland and I usually find that I have to modify a fair bit to shoe-horn resources to match our outcomes but not this time!!!

  • malvernmez says:

    Great resource but not all weblinks work

    Fantastic task. A novel way of looking at global warming . Shame the weblink about the BBC storm report doesn’t work on safeshare

    • Gemma Young says:

      New weblink

      Thank you for your comment and spotting that this video has been removed. We have changed the link to an alternative and the new clip should be working now.
      Gemma (from the writing team).

  • lornaq says:


    I have not used this resource yet, planning for my new KS3 students, but I am excited to have found something up to date and fresh to engage my students with issues that are happening in science now.

  • dclay says:


    Super resource for my Year 8 class

  • maryb says:

    Good activities

    Year 8 students enjoyed making the weather map, and the discussion activity generated some lively debate. Thanks for an engaging resource

  • mesg says:


    Rewriting the environmental science SOW this was very useful

  • sandreivols says:

    thank you!

    what a useful activity!
    apropriate for teenage students

  • ttxcsf says:

    Engaging Resource

    I have found this resource to be most useful. It is very engaging, and makes what could be a somewhat dry discussion particularly interesting and fun, as a game. It really starts pupils thinking about science in a wider and ethical context, engages their interest, develops their inquiry skills and pushes them to apply the content they have learn to the questions being presented.

    Excellent resource.

    • Philippa says:

      Thank you!

      Thank you so much for taking the time to comment. I’m delighted the students found the activity engaging, and that it got them thinking about science in a wider context. I hope you enjoy using some of the other activities! Philippa, for the writing team.

  • two degrees

    ıt seems excellent topic for the children/teenage .It s a current topic and students will be able to discuss this topic by interactive method

  • teddybear1 says:


    Excellent resource