In this lesson, students analyze different claims and datasets related to temperature change in a fictitious town, as well as around the globe. Although students work within the context of a fictitious town, the temperature and carbon dioxide data they analyze are based on empirical data and enable them to see relationships between global temperatures and atmospheric carbon dioxide levels. Students practice distinguishing between correlation and causation within the context of global climate change. Finally, students watch a video about how the burning of fossil fuels releases carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, and they begin to explore the connections between human activities and global climate change.
The authors state the activity should take 60-75 minutes to complete.