In the lesson “People and Climate Change: The Data Is In,” students interpret information in various formats (graphic, written, and visual) and draw conclusions based on the data. They hypothesize cause and effect relationships between human population growth and increasing greenhouse gas emissions and hypothesize correlational relationships among temperature rise, ice melt, and sea level rise. As they examine various pieces of information, they group the evidence and link relationships.
The students analyze 14 data bank items, so the lesson may take several days to complete.
The teacher needs a Newsela account to access two of the resources. They will also need to provide color copies of some of the data bank pages and provide computer access for pairs of students. The article “After Losing Huge Amount, Greenland Ice is Melting Faster Than Ever” is available at https://newsela.com/read/greenland-iceloss/id/13769. The second article “Earth is Getting Hotter, Scientists Say, Pointing to 2014’s Record Warmth” cannot be found using the search function in Newsela, but can be found here - http://missushanks.weebly.com/uploads/3/7/8/5/37853861/earth_is_getting_hotter.pdf.