John Pickle, Becca Kranz, Katharina Frazier, TERC
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About the Science
- Students learn about plant response to changing climate conditions across North America.
- Comments from expert scientist: The exercise takes students through the process of working with the actual numerical data, which is a very important hands-on skill for students to develop. This exercise also pools together information from several different credible sources, making one very complete (and therefore more useful) learning exercise.
About the Pedagogy
- Four-part activity in which students select a region to study and collect data about plant abundance across a period of time. After importing that data into a spreadsheet program, students produce graphs that highlight how plant communities have responded to regional climate change across that period.
- Carefully scripted activity provides step-by-step instructions with show/hide boxes to help guide students in accessing, downloading, formatting, and analyzing data using Pollen Viewer tool and Excel.
- Has a "Going Further" section that provides ideas on how to use the techniques from this lessons to study other datasets.
- This resource engages students in using scientific data.
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