Evidence of Past Climate Change

Evidence of Past Climate Change

Watch this brief, video picture of practice that captures everyday classroom life and provides real-life examples of how students learn and think about climate change topics.

Grades

3 - 8

Subjects

Earth Science

Teaching about how scientists study climate and past climate change provides not only a better understanding of science content, but also gives students a glimpse of how scientists conduct their work. Studying climate change involves careful measurements in the field and collecting data that will be used to estimate past climate. Students should learn why scientists study ice cores and tree rings, the elements or molecules scientists look for, and why these are important markers of changing climates.

Watch this video of 8th grade students in San Marcos, California—a coastal community. The purpose of this classroom video is to see students discuss gases trapped in ice and listen to what students do and do not understand when learning about this phenomenon.

For additional classroom context, video analysis, and reflection opportunities, read the Picture of Practice page for "Evidence of Past Climate Change" in the Changing Climate Environmental Literacy Teacher Guide, page 68.

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Writers
Lindsey Mohan, Ph.D.
Tara G. Treiber, B.A. Natural Sciences: Ecology
Marcia S. Matz, M.A. Design
Nicole D. LaDue, M.A.T Earth Science Education
Jenny D. Ingber, Ph.D. Science Education
Jose Marcos-Iga, Ph.D. Natural Resources
Tania T. Hinojosa, M.Ed. Educational Technology
Designer
Cindy Olson
Editors
Kristen Dell, National Geographic Society
Lindsey Mohan, Ph.D.
Chelsea Zillmer
Expert Reviewers
Catie Boarts, Heal the Bay
Jenny D. Ingber
LuAnn Dahlman
Tara G. Treiber, Heal the Bay
other
Last Updated

September 27, 2022

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