Climate Change and Global Warming

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Climate change is an important topic. Students will really enjoy learning about climate change and global warming with these engaging activities. They will learn about the factors that have caused global temperatures to rise over the past century. They will learn about various contributing factors to climate change.

This resource is specially designed to teach the standards

NGSS MS-ESS3-5. Ask questions to clarify evidence of the factors that have caused the rise in global temperatures over the past century.

This resource is also aligned with Utah SEEd standard 8.4.4

Analyze and interpret data on the factors that change global temperatures and their effects on regional climates. Examples of factors could include agricultural activity, changes in solar radiation, fossil fuel use, and volcanic activity. Examples of data could include graphs of the atmospheric levels of gases, seawater levels, ice cap coverage, human activities, and maps of global and regional temperatures. (ESS3.D)

This resource is specially designed to teach from the Earth’s Systems strand.  

Students will learn about the carbon cycle and its role in the greenhouse effect. Students will learn about the natural greenhouse effect on how it works within our atmosphere to keep our planet at a relatively steady temperature. Students will also learn that increased greenhouse gases cause an enhanced greenhouse effect that can lead to global warming and climate change.

This resource is packed with activities.  

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  • an informative slideshow
  • note-taking guide
  • nonfiction passages
  • response pages
  • interactive notebook flaps
  • QR code research
  • a hands-on activity/lab
  • a quiz
  • answers keys

Students will be guided to create an explanation built on evidence. Students will see reputable scientific evidence from organizations like NASA and NOAA.  Students will ask questions to clarify evidence.

To learn more about teaching about Global Warming see this post.

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Distribution of Resources NGSS MS-ESS3-1.

Exothermic and Endothermic Reactions

Thermal Energy and Particle Motion

Waves: Transmission, Absorption, and Reflection

Analog and Digital Signals

Uneven Heating of the Earth's Surface MS-ESS2-6

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Ask questions to clarify evidence of the factors that have caused the rise in global temperatures over the past century. Examples of factors include human activities (such as fossil fuel combustion, cement production, and agricultural activity) and natural processes (such as changes in incoming solar radiation or volcanic activity). Examples of evidence can include tables, graphs, and maps of global and regional temperatures, atmospheric levels of gases such as carbon dioxide and methane, and the rates of human activities. Emphasis is on the major role that human activities play in causing the rise in global temperatures.
Trace and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, distinguishing claims that are supported by reasons and evidence from claims that are not.
Integrate information presented in different media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively) as well as in words to develop a coherent understanding of a topic or issue.
Determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text and explain how it is conveyed in the text.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings.


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