“Paleoclimatology” is Day 15 in a larger unit from Environmental Literacy and Inquiry in which students use a timeline to explore global temperature changes. In this activity, students investigate how climate has changed in the last 715 million years. They examine and interpret global temperature, carbon dioxide concentration, and ice cover data to infer what the global climate was during a specific time period and relate that evidence to the current global warming discussion.
This should take students 1 period to complete, but may require more time for students that struggle with graphing. Students will need internet access to view the Geology Timeline.