Climate Impacts - a graph matching activity

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Several years ago I found an excellent lesson published by UCAR that asks students to match different climate graphs to statements that describe the observations (https://scied.ucar.edu/activity/climate-impacts-graph-matching). As I was dusting it off for this year, I saw a need to update the graphs analyzed by the students and provide them with a space to record the observations they made as they analyze how each graph supports one of the claims, turning the activity into a foldable.

The download includes:

a link to the original UCAR lesson

8 updated graphs to cut and glue (with student instructions)

matching sheet with statements and space for students to write their evidence

answer key with links to the original updated graphs

If you find this resource helpful or have some comments on how to make it better, please take the time to review it. Thanks :)

Total Pages
3 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 hour
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment. Examples of the design process include examining human environmental impacts, assessing the kinds of solutions that are feasible, and designing and evaluating solutions that could reduce that impact. Examples of human impacts can include water usage (such as the withdrawal of water from streams and aquifers or the construction of dams and levees), land usage (such as urban development, agriculture, or the removal of wetlands), and pollution (such as of the air, water, or land).
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.


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