Old Weather: Our Weather's past the Climate's Future

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Link to Resource: http://studentsdiscover.org/teaching-modules/old-weather/
Resource Type:Classroom Activities; Curricula and Instruction
Grade Level:
6 7 8
Organization:Students Discover
Summary:This series of lessons starts off with a hands-on lab using inexpensive materials that shows the impact of increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and its warming impact on climate change. Next, students will participate in a global ciizen science project, Old Weather, which involves students in transcribing primary weather documents from old ship logs, The data is compiled and sent directly to scientists who analyze the data to see changes in climate. On the third day students will take a critical look at two article that present climate change in two different ways. Lastly, students will create a public service announcement or persuasive letter urging their community members to use more renewable resources and limit their carbon footprint.
Earth Science Big Ideas:Big Idea 4
NGSS Discplinary Core Ideas:ESS2.D; ESS3.D
NGSS Performance Expectations:MS-ESS2-6; MS-ESS3-5
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices:Asking questions (for science) and defining problems (for engineering); Developing and using models
NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:Stability and change; Systems and system models
Subjects: 6-8; atmospheric science; citizen science; climate; climate change; data; meteorology; middle school; weather
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