Environmental Literacy and Inquiry Working Group at Lehigh University
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Middle school students could take this as it stands with guidance. High school students could benefit from taking this a step further.
About Teaching Climate Literacy
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A) Processes that shape the Earth.
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- Encourage students to recognize that, on a whole, the trends observed for the cities need to be averaged, not taken individually, with all the other stations worldwide.
- Jigsaw the cities.
About the Science
- This is one in a technology-supported series of inquiry activities focusing on a range of environmental science topics using Google Earth.
- No reference is given to the source of the climate data in the kmz file.
- Some background information for teacher provided.
- Comments from expert scientist: Students gain experience in graph reading, geography, examining temperature trends over time, and evaluating evidence that supports surface warming trends.
About the Pedagogy
- All student supporting materials are available online. For educators to access the suggested assessments, they need to log into http://www.ei.lehigh.edu with a password.
- Using Google Earth will likely engage students of different learning styles.
- Instructions for students are well-written and clear.
- This activity is part of a curriculum - background information is listed on the homepage of the entire curriculum http://www.ei.lehigh.edu/eli/cc/index.html
- This is a technology-supported middle school science inquiry curriculum emphasizing weather and climate using Google Earth web- based tools. Curriculum has been pilot tested in urban middle school classrooms.
- This resource engages students in using scientific data.
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