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Global patterns in Green-up and Green-down

GLOBE Program

In this classroom activity, students analyze visualizations and graphs that show the annual cycle of plant growth and decline. They explore patterns of annual change for the globe and several regions in each hemisphere that have different land cover and will match graphs that show annual green-up and green-down patterns with a specific land cover type.

Activity takes about two to three class periods.

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High School: 2 Performance Expectations, 3 Disciplinary Core Ideas, 7 Cross Cutting Concepts, 7 Science and Engineering Practices

Climate Literacy
About Teaching Climate Literacy

About Teaching Principle 1
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About Teaching Principle 3
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Excellence in Environmental Education Guidelines

1. Questioning, Analysis and Interpretation Skills:G) Drawing conclusions and developing explanations
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G) Drawing conclusions and developing explanations.
1. Questioning, Analysis and Interpretation Skills:C) Collecting information
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C) Collecting information.
2. Knowledge of Environmental Processes and Systems:2.1 The Earth as a Physical System:A) Processes that shape the Earth
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A) Processes that shape the Earth.
2. Knowledge of Environmental Processes and Systems:2.2 The Living Environment:D) Flow of matter and energy
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D) Flow of matter and energy.

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About the Science

  • Very good background material for educators.
  • Visualizations from space show students how scientists use data for analyzing global climate patterns.
  • Materials are dated; e.g. some of the maps and data sets are from the late 1980s. This doesn't take from the learning outcome but might discourage students.

About the Pedagogy

  • Use of grouping techniques and discussion to elicit student learning helps diverse students engage with activity content. Also, flip books are good for visual and tactile learners, and a good way for students to examine relationships in the data visually.
  • Well-organized and structured for educators and students.
  • Provides clear and comprehensive guidance for educator.
  • Worksheets are provided along with rubrics for evaluation.

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