The new Science of Climate series, Global Warming and Climate Change, replaces and improves upon this unit. It discusses in more detail the science, the role played by man, as well as the impacts and solutions to global warming. This shorter module remains available, however, for the sake of continuity with the WX series.
This series is the sixth of the Science of Weather digital extensions, a digital version of the original Science of Weather
curriculum, also available in print. While the original paper version was published as one single volume of worksheets, and separate teaching notes in 5 volumes, these new series contain both the worksheets and the teaching notes, and are broken down by themes, to accommodate teachers who might be interested in teaching a particular topic, rather than a full blown, year-long, weather and climate curriculum. (If, however, you are only interested in the worksheets, consider downloading the student workbook. If you are interested in the entire set of teaching notes, consider downloading the "5-volume set.")
In WX6 Greenhouse Effect and Global Warming, students learn about the following:
- The greenhouse effect (through a hands-on experiment) and greenhouse gases.
- Global warming (through graph analysis of temperature and CO2 records).
- Sea level rise and other impacts of global warming.
- Climate feedbacks, natural variability vs. anthropogenic forcing, confidence, uncertainty, modeling, "errors" in models.
- Positive and negative feedback loops.
- The Kyoto Protocol (through reading), the IPCC, global pollution, sustainable development, emission trading, clean development mechanism, and the precautionary principle.
For contrast, and to better emphasize the differences between global warming and ozone depletion, a last exercise is proposed about the ozone hole, in which students learn about chlorine and CFCs, stratospheric clouds over Antarctica, and the Montreal Protocol.
Students also learn to think, explain, and write in logical format, showing cause-and-effect relationships. They practice analyzing graphs and working with proportional reasoning.
While most of Science of Weather
can be adapted for grades 2 to 5, this series will work better in grades 6 to 12, while the last assignment, which is cast in the format of the SAT, will be more appropriate in high school. I also use these worksheets as starting points and activities in my professional development workshops. This particular series is a good complement/supplement to existing weather, climate, and environmental science modules, such as FOSS Solar Energy and It's About Time EarthComm.
All the activities are aligned with the national standards, as made explicit at the end of each activity in these Teaching Notes.
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