Lessons in Sea-Level Rise

This activity allows students to examine graphs of sea level rise data as well as global temperature data. They calculate amounts and rates of sea level rise for various time periods and answer questions discussing the data. They then compare the sea level rise trends to those in a graph of temperature data.

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Jet Propulsion laboratory
National Aeronautics and Space Administration

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Teaching Tips

Teaching Tips

Some vocabulary and math may be at a higher level than 5-6th grade; teacher should use best judgement based on student/class abilities and differentiate the activities accordingly.

The activity recommends viewing the graphs used in the activity online since these graphs are interactive and allow students to view the data with more precision. The background information and videos will help teachers facilitate discussions.

Definitely consider as a math lesson and not just a science lesson on sea-level rise. Excellent resource for teaching graphing, reading data and drawing conclusions. Main data could be collected during school time and conclusions drawn as homework using background links.