Title: Exploring Regional Differences in Climate Change
Grade Level: 10-12
Source: Earth Exploration Toolbook, TERC, Cambridge MA
Explore climate change impacts in two very different states, and compare to a third state of the teacher's choosing.
Computers with internet access, Microsoft Excel, or compatible program with similar capabilities.
This activity guides students through the process of retrieving data from a web-based database, preparing it for analysis, and analyzing the data, before making graphs, and reporting on the analysis. In addition to exposing students to modern tools of scientific analysis, it also allows them to investigate the diverse impacts of a changing climate both in other regions, and in their home state.
MA: Matter and Energy in the Earth System, Energy Resources in the Earth System, Earth Processes and Cycles; Make Observations, Raise Questions, and Formulate Hypotheses, Analyze and Interpret Results of Scientific Investigations, Communicate and Apply results of Scientific Investigations; Ecology
ME: Systems, Models, Constancy and Change, Skills and Traits of Scientific Inquiry, Understandings of Inquiry, Understandings about Science and Technology, Science, Technology, and Society, History and Nature of Science; Earth; Ecosystems.
RI: Matter Cycles and Energy Flows Through an Ecosystem, Environmental Impacts of Human Activity.
CT: Scientific Inquiry, Scientific Literacy, Scientific Numeracy,; Ecosystems; Energy in the Earth System; Human Environmental Impacts.
VT: Scientific Questioning, Predicting and Hypothesizing, Representing Data and Analysis, Applying Results; Interdependance Within Ecosystems; Human Disease; Atmosphere, Water Cycle, Weather and Seasons, Natural Resources.
NH: Conducting Scientific Investigations, Representing and Understanding Results of Investigations, Evaluating Scientific Investigations, Nature of Science, Patterns of Change; Environment, Natural Resources, and Conservation; Information and Media Literacy, Communication Skills, Critical Thinking and Systems Thinking, Creativity and Intellectual Curiosity, Interpersonal and Collaborative Skills, Accountability and Adaptability, Social Responsibility.