Ramona Smith, Consortium for Ocean Leadership
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- Educator could introduce the topic with a video clip about the topic to engage students.
- Not appropriate for lower middle school or students that have not been introduced to the concept of an isotope.
- Teacher should reinforce the link between oxygen isotopes and climate and how scientists can use this data to determine what the climate in the past was.
About the Science
- Activity introduces students to the scientific method of reconstructing past climates via oxygen isotopes in marine sediment cores.
About the Pedagogy
- Brief data graphing activity with good questions to build the understanding of students about the complex topic of using isotope ratios to understand past climatic conditions.
- Minimal pedagogic scaffolding but sufficient to carry out the activity and provide the background for the learning.
- Other activities from Ocean Leadership or within CLEAN collection can complement this lesson.
- This resource engages students in using scientific data.
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