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This WebQuest guides students through NASA's Climate Kids website, "Guided Tour of the Big Questions." This activity is ideal for the latter half of the Explain phase (after students have made sense of their investigative phenomena) or the Elaborate phase in the 5E Model.
Ask questions to clarify evidence of the factors that have caused the rise in global temperatures over the past century.
Science and Engineering Practices: Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information; Analyzing and Interpreting Data
Crosscutting Concepts: Patterns; Cause and Effect; (touches on Scale, Proportion, and Quantity)
This resource requires access to the internet, and to this particular website:
Climate Kids: NASA’s Eyes On The Earth
Guided Tour of the Big Questions
This PDF file contains 8 student pages, each with questions based on NASA's Climate Kids "Guided Tour of the Big Questions" available at http://climatekids.nasa.gov/big-questions/. An answer key/background information for each student page is included.
1. Print student pages, 3-10. I recommend printing them two to four per page by selecting “Multiple Pages” from the Adobe Reader print menu.
2. Students will need access to the internet to visit NASA’s Climate Kids page. You can access this site by visiting the following URL: http://climatekids.nasa.gov/big-questions/. They will select from the left hand menu “Guided Tour of the Big Questions.” This is the top green box in the menu on the left hand side of the screen.
3. They will click on each wedge, starting where the site has labeled “Start here!” The site will take them through several pages on each topic, and each page here corresponds to one wedge of the circle.
4. Check student answers using the answer key on pages 11-18.
To print multiple boxes per page, open the file using Adobe Acrobat Reader and choose the option "multiple pages" on the print screen.