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Science of Climate - Global Warming and Climate Change - Student Workbook

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This is the original Science of Climate student workbook in digital format, also available in print on amazon. It contains a set of worksheets covering the science, the role played by man, the impacts, and the solutions to global warming and climate change.

Students first establish the reality of global warming, then explore the nature of visible light and infrared radiation, the greenhouse effect, greenhouse gases and the role played by man in increasing their concentration in the atmosphere. They explore the issue of natural vs. anthropogenic climate change, as well as the impacts of global warming, and possible solutions, technical and political. Along the way, students learn and discuss such issues as climate justice, desertification, water wars and geopolitical implications of climate change, climate refugees and international law, as well as climate change denialism and environmental stewardship.


. Global warming
. Visible light
. Light and colors
. Solar intensity
. Infrared
. Infrared sensors
. Albedo
. Climate feedbacks
. Light bulbs
. Infrared absorption
. Carbon dioxide
. The air we breathe
. The greenhouse effect
. Radiation in review
. Greenhouse gases
. The ozone hole
. CO2 increase
. Carbon cycle
. Climate proxies
. Past climates
. Orbital changes
. Man in review
. Building the case
. Carbon emissions
. Ocean acidifi cation
. Sea level rise
. Ecosystem shifts
. Impacts
. The future of water
. Hurricanes
. Desertification
. Water wars
. Climate justice
. A new Arctic
. Impacts in review
. Technical solutions
. Political solutions
. Climate change denialism
. A philosophy of climate
. Solutions in review

The worksheets are a mix of experiments, math applications, and reading assignments, in the tradition of Science of Weather. The early activities can be used as early as in grades 2 to 5. The subsequent activities will work well in grades 6 to 12. I also use these worksheets as starting points and activities in professional development workshops.

The Teaching Notes corresponding to these worksheets are also available as separate documents.

(Note that this new Science of Climate curriculum expands on subjects covered in Science of Weather WX6 Greenhouse Effect and Global Warming.)

About Science of Weather and Science of Climate:

Science of Weather and Science of Climate are flexible earth science modules for elementary, middle, and high school, supported by the National Science Foundation, and usable as stand-alone curriculum or as a complement to existing weather, climate, and environmental science modules, such as FOSS Air and Weather, FOSS Solar Energy, FOSS Water, FOSS Water Planet, FOSS Weather and Water, STC Weather, STC Catastrophic Events (Understanding Weather and Climate), and It's About Time EarthComm. It consists of a set of hands-on experiments, math applications, reading assignments, review guides, and SAT-style extensions, scaffolded through individual worksheets. The students explore such fundamental concepts in physics and chemistry as density, heat, radiation, pressure, and the composition of the atmosphere. They apply these fundamental concepts to more elaborate atmospheric phenomena, and gain a systemic understanding of the atmosphere, weather, and climate at the global scale, with leads to a thorough understanding of global warming and climate change.

These modules build up from the more simple to more elaborate. The emphasis of the activities is on hands-on experimentation, class discussions, summarizing, and writing conceptual definitions and explanations. We try to move the students from day-to-day language to scientific language, and toward critical reasoning and writing. In the math applications, students explore a specific aspect of the atmosphere, weather, or climate by using mathematical tools. Through short readings and questions, students learn about the atmosphere, weather, climate, and the history of science. Vocabulary work and concise writing exercises that require scientific explanation accompany the readings. Learning to summarize text and practice SAT-type questions enhance reading and critical analysis. At the end of each series of activities that explore a new concept, teacher and students work together to summarize the essential points of those activities. Finally, students study by playing a board game in which they answer questions from flash cards. The questions are based on material covered in each series of the modules.

Science of Climate is aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards. The alignment is made explicit for each activity in the Teaching Notes.

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Science of Climate is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.
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