In this case study designed by the Purdue Climate Change Research Center, students interpret data about the link between the burning of fossil fuels, levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and global warming. Students answer focus questions and conduct an issues analysis using a graphic organizer to record information. The lesson is divided into three parts. The Engage portion asks about students’ prior knowledge of climate change. In the second part, students analyze scientific data in a case study of evidence of global warming and climate change. Data sources include the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the Environmental Protection Agency. A Reflection section asks students the same questions as the Engage section. Pre- or post-assessment questions and a quiz are included.
To access the activity, use the link provided and scroll down to "Case Study: Carbon Dioxide and Global Warming: What is the evidence?" Once there, you should see links to both the activity and the teacher guide. The lesson may take several class periods.