Constructing an Argument: Climate

Constructing an Argument: Climate

Students will learn how to create a good scientific argument in the context of climate. They will continuously encounter questions that ask them to make a claim, explain their answer, rate their certainty with their answer, and explain that rating.


7 - 12+


Earth Science, Climatology


Global Temperature Anomalies 1880-2012

Global Temperature Anomalies 1880-2012e

NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies
Global Temperature Anomalies 1880-2012e
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The Concord Consortium

This activity is part of a sequence of activities in the What Is the Future of Earth's Climate? lesson. The activities work best if used in sequence.


  • Materials you provide: computers with internet connection
  • Required technology: internet access

Teaching Approach

  • Inquiry-based learning

Teaching Methods

  • Self-directed learning
  • Self-paced learning
  • Writing

Skills Summary

  • Critical Thinking Skills
  • Creating


Tell students that Activity 1 (Constructing an Argument) of the lesson What is the Future of Earth's Climate? introduces the structure of the scientific argumentation they will be asked to do in the rest of the lesson.

Tell students that Activity 1 will give them practice with analyzing a data set and making a good scientific argument from the evidence. Encourage students to review the questions and example best answers provided in Activity 1 before starting on the current activity.

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Last Updated

May 9, 2024

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Related Resources

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