Climate Change Activity: Graph Climate Data


Students analyze real climate change data to come to their own conclusions!

Grades 7 and Up


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Students generate and analyze two graphs using real data from both ice cores dating back 400,000 years and modern data. Students complete a detailed analysis of each graph and complete a CER section.

In this activity, students will:

  • READ about how scientists obtain historical climate data from ice cores, the source of modern data, and an explanation of units used for carbon dioxide and temperature.
  • ANSWER text-dependent questions to check for understanding.
  • GRAPH data on pre-labeled graphs. One graph uses a data set from ice core records and the other uses data dating back to the 1950s. Both sets of data include carbon dioxide and temperature information.
  • COMPLETE a Claims-Evidence-Reasoning section and answer analysis questions.

Resource Includes:

  • Background Information Article
  • Ice Core Data Set
  • Modern Data Set
  • Graph Templates
  • Student Sheet w/Detailed Analysis and CER

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Related Standards:

  • NGSS ESS3-5
  • NGSS MS-ESS3-4
  • NGSS Science & Engineering Practices: Analyzing and interpreting data; Using mathematics and computational thinking; Engaging in argument from evidence

Teacher Notes:

  • INCLUDES ANSWER KEY and examples of student work.
  • Please note: This resource is NOT editable.
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