INTRODUCTION

This webpage is intended as a curriculum resource primarily for high school teachers but instructors at all levels are welcome to use it with their curriculum.

Climate Change Science is a rapidly developing field. So fast in fact that very few text books have developed the resources and literature to support teachers. To help fulfill this educational void we created this page as an supplementary resource for science teachers where they can access real published data and graphs regarding climate change.

Under the heading “Recent Posts” (on the right side of the webpage) you will find a series of links that provides access to a graph(s) on the described topic (e.g. carbon from anthropogenic sources). With each post you will find a brief explanation of the research question, the method used by the scientists, an explanation of the graph(s) and an interpretation of the data and graphs. Following each explanation is a series of “Extentions” with additional resources, activities, and questions to prompt student inquiry and critical thinking. You can also click on each graphic to enlarge it for easier use on an overhead.

The primary objectives of this resources are:

1. To create an easy to use and easy to access resource for those teachers interested in adding more climate science and climate change activities into their curriculum.

2. To use real and published data so that students can see the “science” behind climate change and gain more experience understanding the scientific method.

3. Provide more resources for students to practice their graph reading and graph interpretation skills. Through our experiences as high school science teachers we were continually concerned with the lack of skills with respect to graph reading and interpretation. Within each post we have attempted to clearly outline the basics of the graph to help students sharpen these skills as we feel that the ability to handle graphs is one of the more important skills that students need to develop.

On the right side of the webpage (Blogroll) you can also find a series of external links that will be useful in your classroom. Many of these links can provide additional “Extentions” and more opportunities for student-based activities.

Thank you for taking an interest in the webpage and the development of Climate Science and Climate Change curricula. Please feel free to leave comments

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