This informational text resource is designed to support reading in the content area. The text describes a new field of researchers called winter ecologists who are examining the effects of warmer winters caused by climate change. The text describes how snow creates an insulating layer for the living organisms below the snow. When that insulating layer is thinner, due to increased global temperatures, the organisms suffer colder temperatures, stress, and even death. Winter ecologists are trying to learn more about this layer, which is called the subnivium, and how organisms are responding to these changes.
Subject(s): Science, English Language Arts, English Language Arts (B.E.S.T. - Effective starting 2021-2022)
Grade Level(s): 9, 10
Resource supports reading in content area:Yes
Keywords: climate change, global warming, winter ecology, snow ecosystem, subnivium, informational text, text complexity
The text's grade band recommendation is based on a text complexity analysis of a quantitative measure, qualitative rubric, and reader and task considerations.
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Source and Access Information
Name of Author/Source: Sarah Gilbert, Jennifer Heflick, National Science Foundation
District/Organization of Contributor(s): Florida State University
Access Privileges: Public
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