Earth's Changing Climates

In this activity, students are guided through graphs of surface air temperature anomaly data and Vostok ice core data to illustrate how scientists use these data to develop the basis for modeling how climate is likely to change in the future.

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Concord Consortium

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Teaching Tips

Teaching Tips

Educator may need to add explanation/scaffolding to some of the mathematical terminology used depending on background level of students.

Activity is probably best used in sequence with the other 4 activities in the What is the Future of Earth's Climate? module; [link http://authoring.concord.org/sequences/47].

Although some scaffolding is provided with understanding anomaly graphs, educator may need to spend more time unpacking this concept.

Educator will need to unpack the IPCC scenarios.