Next Generation Climate Lesson 2 - What factors have caused the rise in the global temperature over the last century?

In this activity, students explore factors that have caused the rise in global temperature over the last century. Educators have the opportunity to assess how modeling activities (the game), analogies (the cake), and mathematical models (graphs) develop and change student mental models.

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Will Steger Foundation/Climate Generation

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The large-group activity could be completed indoors (gym, cafeteria) if weather or logistics does not permit an outdoor activity.

The research that the students are required to do as far as their claim, evidence and reasoning (CER), would do well in collaboration with school's librarian/media specialist.