Greenland Ice Sheet project 2: A Record of Climate Change
Zachary Taylor, Wright Center, Teachers' Domain
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Middle School: 3 Cross Cutting Concepts
High School: 2 Performance Expectations, 1 Disciplinary Core Idea, 4 Cross Cutting Concepts, 4 Science and Engineering Practices
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- The graphs in the analysis section can be used in other activities. The ability to compare the methane concentration, calcium dust, and insolation graphs to the temperature graph is particularly useful.
- Educator may want to explain oxygen isotope ratios before doing this activity.
About the Science
- Comment from expert scientist: This exercise presents a nice summary of how and why ice cores are drilled and presents some of the results. It provides insights into how scientists understand past climate and shows data that puts current climate change in perspective.
About the Pedagogy
- A background essay and discussion questions are provided with the resource.
- Resource has a nice set of graphs that can be overlaid with a temperature curve for analysis and comparison.
- Students can use the data and overlays to draw and defend their own conclusions.
- This resource engages students in using scientific data.
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