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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.
- Background Information Article
- Ice Core Data Set
- Modern Data Set
- Graph Templates
- Student Sheet w/Detailed Analysis and CER
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- 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
- INCLUDES ANSWER KEY and examples of student work.
- Please note: This resource is NOT editable.
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