The Science of Climate Change: How Does Climate Work? *Bundle*

The Science of Climate Change: How Does Climate Work? *Bundle*
The Science of Climate Change: How Does Climate Work? *Bundle*
The Science of Climate Change: How Does Climate Work? *Bundle*
The Science of Climate Change: How Does Climate Work? *Bundle*
The Science of Climate Change: How Does Climate Work? *Bundle*
The Science of Climate Change: How Does Climate Work? *Bundle*
The Science of Climate Change: How Does Climate Work? *Bundle*
The Science of Climate Change: How Does Climate Work? *Bundle*
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NGSSHS-ESS2-2
NGSSHS-ESS3-6
NGSSHS-ESS2-4
NGSSHS-ESS2-5
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  1. ***This activity is a great opener for a unit on the science of climate change. Stay-tuned for subsequent student-directed climate change resources.***NGSS: ESS2-4. - Use a model to describe how variations in the flow of energy into and out of the Earth’s systems results in changes in climate. Activ
  2. Product Description: Students will design and create a simulation that demonstrates the concepts of the energy budget as it relates to the science of climate change. This activity it a great way to introduce a climate change unit. The research piece is student-directed as is the design challenge. Th
  3. Product Description:Students will go through a series of maker stations to help better understand the factors that play a role in the global climate, particularly when it comes to the atmosphere. The stations are hands-on, cover science standards, introduce climate concepts, and give students the op
  4. Product Description:Students will go through a series of inquiry mapping stations to better understand the ocean's influence on the global climate. The stations are hands-on, cover science standards, introduce climate concepts, and give students the opportunity to build on 21st-century skills such a
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This bundle engages students in the science of climate change with inquiry, making, and project-based learning. These activities are student-centered, hands-on, and each promotes 21st-century skill-building.

Before diving into the causes and impacts of climate change, have students learn about what influences the global climate. Why does London have a milder climate than Quebec City even though they lie around the same latitude? Upon completion of this bundle, students will be able to clearly and thoroughly answer this question among other real-world applications of their new knowledge about how climate works.

This bundle includes a student-led open inquiry investigation and PBL maker challenge on the energy budget, maker stations on atmospheric circulation, and inquiry-based learning stations on how the ocean influences the global climate. Each of these concepts is interconnected and will come together in the end.

Preparation and Materials: Each resource included in this bundle is low-prep. Prep requires gathering materials, setting up labs and stations, and familiarizing yourself with the content if need be. Each resource includes thorough explanations of relevant content. All resources were also designed to require only a few materials or materials that are readily available.

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NGSSHS-ESS2-2
Analyze geoscience data to make the claim that one change to Earth’s surface can create feedbacks that cause changes to other Earth systems. Examples should include climate feedbacks, such as how an increase in greenhouse gases causes a rise in global temperatures that melts glacial ice, which reduces the amount of sunlight reflected from Earth’s surface, increasing surface temperatures and further reducing the amount of ice. Examples could also be taken from other system interactions, such as how the loss of ground vegetation causes an increase in water runoff and soil erosion; how dammed rivers increase groundwater recharge, decrease sediment transport, and increase coastal erosion; or how the loss of wetlands causes a decrease in local humidity that further reduces the wetland extent.
NGSSHS-ESS3-6
Use a computational representation to illustrate the relationships among Earth systems and how those relationships are being modified due to human activity. Examples of Earth systems to be considered are the hydrosphere, atmosphere, cryosphere, geosphere, and/or biosphere. An example of the far-reaching impacts from a human activity is how an increase in atmospheric carbon dioxide results in an increase in photosynthetic biomass on land and an increase in ocean acidification, with resulting impacts on sea organism health and marine populations. Assessment does not include running computational representations but is limited to using the published results of scientific computational models.
NGSSHS-ESS2-4
Use a model to describe how variations in the flow of energy into and out of Earth's systems result in changes in climate. Examples of the causes of climate change differ by timescale, over 1-10 years: large volcanic eruption, ocean circulation; 10-100s of years: changes in human activity, ocean circulation, solar output; 10-100s of thousands of years: changes to Earth's orbit and the orientation of its axis; and 10-100s of millions of years: long-term changes in atmospheric composition. Assessment of the results of changes in climate is limited to changes in surface temperatures, precipitation patterns, glacial ice volumes, sea levels, and biosphere distribution.
NGSSHS-ESS2-5
Plan and conduct an investigation of the properties of water and its effects on Earth materials and surface processes. Emphasis is on mechanical and chemical investigations with water and a variety of solid materials to provide the evidence for connections between the hydrologic cycle and system interactions commonly known as the rock cycle. Examples of mechanical investigations include stream transportation and deposition using a stream table, erosion using variations in soil moisture content, or frost wedging by the expansion of water as it freezes. Examples of chemical investigations include chemical weathering and recrystallization (by testing the solubility of different materials) or melt generation (by examining how water lowers the melting temperature of most solids).
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