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Young scholars brainstorm what living conditions during the period known as the Little Ice Age (1350-1850) might have been like. They research lifestyles, the economy, crop yields, and human and livestock mortality.
Fourth graders receive data about tree ring records, solar activity, and volcanic eruptions during the Little Ice Age (1350-1850). From this data, they draw conclusions about possible natural causes of climate change
Students make a graph that shows how the number of sunspots has changed over the past 30 years and discover how there is a pattern in sunspot number. They find a disruption in this pattern due to the Little Ice Age.
In this Little Ice Age worksheet, students read about changes in weather and temperature resulting in changes in rain fall and glacier movement. Students answer three critical thinking questions about the Little Ice Age that occurred as a result of these changes.
Fourth graders discover that scientists examine evidence from around the world in order to explain global climate change. They see that records of climate change exist, and describe photographs interpreting changes in glaciers over time.
Young scholars study cross sections of trees or tree "cookies" to discover how the rings on tree sections give clues to the climate during the time the ring was produced. They study simulated cross sections of trees to determine the climate changes du
Demonstrate for your earth scientists how plant pollen of the past has become part of sedimentary deposits, providing clues about ancient climates. Then give them simulated sediment layer samples to analyze for different types of paper punch pollen. As they examine each layer, they track the percentage of pollen types in each. They then form a hypothesis on what the climate might have been like as each layer was deposited. This terrific lesson exemplifies how different branches of science overlap and can be used in your geology or climate studies. Be aware that it requires quite a bit of preparation time, but you will find it worthwhile!
In need of a quick set of ideas to use on a wintery day? Why not analyze Winter Landscape with Skaters with your class? After a thorough discussion, learners compare and contrast two paintings, research what curators do, draw landscapes, and write an imaginary biography of their lives as artists in the past. Neat ideas that can be modified to fit any number of art lessons.
Students create a collage of the carbon cycle. For this earth science lesson, students explore the history and significance of permafrost. They analyze a graph of climate trends and explain how climate change and permafrost thaw are connected.
Introduce basic Earth and space science to your budding astronauts. This handout works in two ways, the first part provides information about the sun, moon, eclipses, and Earth to be read to or by the class. The second part is composed of three hands-on activities that are intended to demonstrate the relative size and position of the planets and our moon's phases. Overall, a really nice resource. 
Teachers explore patterns in sunspots and total solar irradiance to understand the counterpoint to the human effect of global warming. For this professional development tool, teachers work through a lesson on the sun's natural patterns to better understand the earths climate change.
NASA has crafted an imaginative and memorable series of lessons, "NASA and Jamestown Education Module." This lesson is one of the five components. In it, middle schoolers connect history and science by comparing the settlement of Jamestown in the 1600s to a future settlement of the lunar surface. They consider three factors: location, soil, and weather conditions. This is a must-see! Implement it into your astronomy curriculum, US history studies, or fashion an entire interdisciplinary unit from it.
Learners examine how volcanic eruptions affect global climate. They listen to first-hand accounts of the effects of a large volcanic eruption and illustrate a landscape to show understanding. They experiment with the loss of light and create a graph.
Students collect weather data over weeks, graph temperature data and compare the temperature data collected with averaged climate data where they live.
Students explore the causes and effects of the melting ice formations in Antarctica; they then research different aspects of the topic in order to create a news special.
Students investigate the greenhouse effect and examine the potential effects of climate change in the Arctic. They construct a mini-greenhouse and test its effect on temperature, analyze historical climate statistics, and conduct an experiment about the insulating properties of sea ice.
Young scholars research and collect data regarding temperature changes for a specific location and find the mean, median, and mode for their data. In this climate change lesson, students choose a location to research and collect data regarding temperature changes in the past ten or more years. They use their data to calculate the mean, median, and mode and predict future temperature change.
Students study plots and use a Live Access Server to generate plots.  In this temperature lesson students examine the process of incoming and outgoing radiation. 
Get your AP historians thinking about the facts with this exam worksheet, which has learners responding to 60 multiple choice questions about world religions, major events, and significant historical figures. The exam specifies chapters 8-15, however the text it is referencing is not listed. If it doesn't fit exactly with your unit, consider using some of the questions, and forego the lengthy process of writing multiple-choice options.
Providing key information, visually appealing pictures, and thought-provoking questions, this series of slides presents your class with a study of 18th century Europe as it becomes increasingly urbanized. From peasants to princes, the presentation prompts viewers to consider the impediments to economic innovation during this time, as well as population changes from villages to towns.

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