Venugopal Bhat, NASA - My NASA Data Lesson Plans
Activity takes two 50-minute class periods. Computer access is necessary.Discuss this Resource»
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Best suited for upper middle school and lower high school students.
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- Students may need help navigating the access site. Providing students with some screenshots of the steps in the procedure section may be helpful.
- Younger students may need better scaffolding to guide them in analyzing data.
- Activity could be extended to look at other species.
- Be aware that the video from WWF might be biased - possibly discuss the advocacy standpoint behind the video with the students.
About the Science
- Students develop an understanding of the impacts of climate change on wildlife.
- Students use real NASA and USGS data.
- Comment from scientist: The statement about sea ice breaking off and moving towards warmer waters is not accurate for the Arctic -- it may be accurate for the Antarctic.
- Comment from scientist: All materials on this site imply that climate change is the only factor potentially responsible for the decline of the species. The major threads are: climate change, over-harvest, pollution, oil development, and tourism (not listed in order of priority).
About the Pedagogy
- Students work directly with data, making graphs and drawing conclusions.
- The activity has students developing understanding of the global through the local.
- The activity does not address the role of humans in climate change as stated in the learning outcome. This piece could be added by educator.
- This resource engages students in using scientific data.
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