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This lesson introduces the concept of climate change and the earth as an energy system. Students watch short video clips with different perspectives on global climate change to spark discussion on whether they believe the climate is changing and what would constitute evidence of climate change. Finally, the class analyzes temperature data from the past 120 years and then the past 1000 years to illustrate how the climate has warmed over time.

  • 3 activities
  • 1-2 class periods
  • Strategies: Form a scientific argument, multi-media, T-chart graphic organizer, read and discuss graphs
  • Standards alignment:
    • NGSS: HS-ESS3-5

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