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Introduction to Global Warming

To begin this minds-on analysis and discussion activity, students learn about the correlated increases in global temperatures and CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere.

Next, students evaluate an example that illustrates that correlation does not necessarily imply causation. Then, they analyze several types of evidence to test the hypothesis that increased CO2 in the atmosphere has been a major cause of the increase in global temperatures.

This activity concludes with a very brief discussion of how global warming has contributed to harmful effects (e.g., increased flooding) and possible actions to reduce these harmful effects.

The Student Handout is available in the first two attached files and as a Google doc designed for use in online instruction and distance learning. The Teacher Notes, available in the last two attached files, provide instructional suggestions and background information and explain how this activity is aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards.

IntroGlobalWarmingSHO .docx1.03 MB
IntroGlobalWarmingSHO .pdf489.36 KB
IntroGlobalWarmingTN.docx1.54 MB
IntroGlobalWarmingTN.pdf963.59 KB


iwaldron's picture

2022 revision

I have clarified the Student Handout and updated the information in the Teacher Notes.


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