Stepping Through Climate Science
PINEMAP Project, University of Florida, Project Learning Tree
Two 45-minute class periodsLearn more about Teaching Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness»
See how this Activity supports the Next Generation Science Standards»
Middle School: 1 Disciplinary Core Idea, 2 Cross Cutting Concepts
High School: 1 Disciplinary Core Idea
9 -12, modifiable for 7 - 8 but may be a reach for 6th graders.
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Teaching Tips | Science | Pedagogy |
- Be sure to watch the "Tour the Activity" video before you begin.
- View the Teacher Comments at the bottom of the Activity 1 home page http://sfrc.ufl.edu/extension/ee/climate/section1/activity1/.
About the Science
- This activity uses a systems approach in providing an overview of the connections between forests and climate.
- Produced by Climate Learning Tree/University of Florida with materials from the US Forest Service.
Comments from expert scientist:
- great introductory lesson on climate change and forests for more science-specific activities
- the science bolded words are excellent vocabulary words!
- timeline stepping / graphing is a great tool
- CO2 concentrations should be updated to reflect current years (the resource lists data from 2013) CO2 is up to 410 ppm! http://www.climatecentral.org/news/we-just-breached-the-410-parts-per-million-threshold-21372
About the Pedagogy
- Alternate assessment strategies are supplied for teachers.
- On the home page, http://sfrc.ufl.edu/extension/ee/climate/section1/activity1/ there are three important teacher tools: A video "Tour of the Activity" that lays out objectives and tells instructors exactly what students will be doing and identifies videos or other media that teachers should review, a Check Your Knowledge--Interactive Quiz for educators, and Systems Exercises that can be incorporated.
- Students assemble a timeline - including both scientific events and policy events - of the history of climate change science, and preview a video on the US Forest Service response to climate change.
- "Systems Reflections" after each section of the lab tie student results to systems thinking and analysis.
Technical Details/Ease of Use
- Comprehensive set of teacher materials include answer keys with teacher tips embedded along the way.
- Video is a good addition to the lab materials.