Climate change is a change in the statistical distribution of weather patterns when that change lasts for an extended period of time (i.e., decades to millions of years). Climate change may refer to a change in average weather conditions, or in the time variation of weather within the context of longer-term average conditions. Climate change is caused by factors such as biotic processes, variations in solar radiation received by Earth, plate tectonics, and volcanic eruptions
Lesson 1 (or “Day 1”) Material
Lesson 2 (or “Day 2”) Material
- Day 2 Instructor Presentation
- Day 2 Student Handout
- Day 2 Rubric
- Read Earth 41 – Climate change: How do we know?
- Read Earth 41 – Understand climate change
- Read Earth 41 – Climate change
Lesson 3 (or “Day 3”) Material
Lesson 4 (or “Day 4”) Material
4:09 Climate Change 101 with Bill Nye | National Geographic
7:33 Why People Don’t Believe In Climate Science
4:36 Do 97% of Climate Scientists Really Agree?
Compare Contrast and Debate
Background: Climate change is a sometimes controversial topic. Varying positions and opinions are frequently communicated through modern media.
- Position A: Media emphasis on human-contributed (CO2) impacts to long-term climate should be continued.
- Position B: Media sources should not emphasize articles, programming, or distribution of information regarding the subject of climate change.
Resources Documents and Links
Special Notes and Notices
- Science & Engineering Practice: Engage in scientific argument from evidence.
- Cross-Cutting Concept: Cause and Effect: Mechanisms and explanations.