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Turning Misinformation into Educational Opportunity Climate Change: Lesson 3 Past vs. Present Climate Change
https://ncse.ngo/past-vs-present-climate-change

National Center for Science Education

Climate has varied in the past, but today's climate change rate is much more drastic due to human activity. Students explore past climate cycle graphs and compare the cycles with the current rate of change.

This learning activity takes two 45 minute class periods.

Learn more about Teaching Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness»

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High School: 1 Performance Expectation, 4 Disciplinary Core Ideas, 3 Cross Cutting Concepts, 6 Science and Engineering Practices

Climate Literacy
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Sun is primary energy
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Climate is variable
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Energy Literacy

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2.3 Earth's climate driven by the Sun.

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Teaching Tips

  • Supplemental material helps teachers adapt the lesson for various levels can be found on the resource website
  • This website houses the larger unit with links to additional materials and to the other lessons in the unit: https://ncse.ngo/supporting-teachers/classroom-resources
  • Students may need guidance in use of animations for complete understanding.
  • Many examples of how to amend the activity to accommodate learning styles and grade levels are included.

About the Science

  • This activity has students explore past climate change and Milankovitch cycles. It includes connections to current climate change and asks students to analyze some claims from climate change deniers.
  • This lesson will engage students with evidence for past climate change in order to help them see the context for our understanding of modern climate change, the same way that scientists use this data to determine the mechanisms and extent of human impacts today.
  • Passed initial science review - expert science review pending.

About the Pedagogy

  • Students use an interactive animation to explore the Milankovitch cycles, and compare past cycles with current rates of climate change. Individual work and class discussion is used to come to conclusions.
  • Manipulation of the animation provides opportunity to explore rates of change. Many examples of how to amend the activity to accommodate learning styles and grade levels are included.
  • Supplemental materials allow for teachers to adapt the activity to various student abilities.

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This website houses the larger unit with links to additional materials and to the other lessons in the unit: https://ncse.ngo/supporting-teachers/classroom-resources

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