Atmospheric CO2 and Earth’s Temperature

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Is atmospheric carbon dioxide really to blame for global warming? Young environmentalists analyze historical carbon dioxide and temperature data during a multimedia activity from PBS's Weather and Climate series. High schoolers read background information, then watch animated data representations to see the correlation between greenhouse gases and average global temperature.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Print and distribute the Background Reading passage and assign it for homework the night before the lesson
  • Use the included discussion questions as a formative assessment
Classroom Considerations

  • Pupils should be familiar with reading and analyzing graphed data in various forms before beginning the lesson
Pros

  • The Support Materials tab includes teaching strategies and extension activities
  • Allows learners to access and review the content on their own using the PBS website
Cons

  • None
NGSS