Your Warming World
Chris Amico, Peter Aldhous, New Scientist
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Middle School: 1 Disciplinary Core Idea, 4 Cross Cutting Concepts, 3 Science and Engineering Practices
High School: 4 Disciplinary Core Ideas, 3 Cross Cutting Concepts, 2 Science and Engineering Practices
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Teaching Tips | Science | Pedagogy |
- Students could be allowed to discover trends on their own before a lesson or could be given access after a lesson on climate for reinforcement.
- Having students compare changes in temperature between their community and other parts of the world would be a good exercise to drive home that we are experiencing GLOBAL climate change.
- Discuss the nature of the graphical data, the 5-year average, and the way the data is displayed.
About the Science
- This interactive graphic displays results from a global analysis of surface temperatures from 1880 to the present called GISTEMP, produced by a team at NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York City.
- The graphs and maps all show changes relative to average temperatures for the three decades between 1951 and 1980, the earliest period for which there was sufficiently good coverage for comparison. This gives a consistent view of climate change across the globe.
- Good visual for comparing the temperature record averages over time for a given location on Earth.
- Uses NASA temperature records and corrects for urban areas.
- Good visually and includes temperature trends for given areas as well as the overall global trend for comparison. Temperature data can be found by hovering over the graph; direct comparisons can't be made.
Comments from expert scientist:
- Interactive, high quality map
- Many data points globally
About the Pedagogy
- Can be used with lessons on change over time and to show how the temperatures have been rising globally.
- Easy to use for students of any age.
- Relevant; brings climate change into students' homes and communities.