Climate Change Worksheet: Critical Thinking Activity

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Stimulate CRITICAL THINKING with this read and respond CLIMATE CHANGE ACTIVITY.

Grades 7-10

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Students read short text passages on various climate change topics then complete:

  • Short answer questions
  • Flow charts
  • Claims-evidence-reasoning prompts
  • Cause and effect grids

This activity can be used during a climate change unit or as a stand-alone lesson at any point in the school year. It would make a great emergency sub plan, as well. All information in the questions are provided in the short texts, so no prior knowledge is required. The worksheet is 4 pages long (2 front/back) and includes 8 short texts with 22 questions.

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Included text passages and questions in this resource relate to:

  • Greenhouse gases and the greenhouse effect
  • Carbon dioxide
  • Water vapor
  • Melting ice
  • Deforestation
  • Albedo effect (reflection of solar energy)
  • Carbon dioxide and the ocean
  • Ocean acidification

Related Standards:

  • NGSS MS-ESS3-5, ESS3-4, HS-ESS3-5
  • NGSS Science & Engineering Practice: Engaging in argument from evidence
  • NGSS Science & Engineering Practice: Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information

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