Historical Climate Cycles

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Ice core samples give scientists access to climates of old—those from more than 800,000 years ago. Through an analysis of various temperature graphs from ice cores, tree rings, and weather stations, scholars compare historical climates versus those of today. They then explain how this analysis implies a cyclic climate change and how climate change is different now than it has been in the past. This is the first lesson in a series of five. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • A great lesson to use after beginning unit on climate change to show, based on data, how climate does change over time
Classroom Considerations

  • Classes should have background in analyzing different types of graphs and should possess knowledge about causes of climate change
Pros

  • Lesson provides answer key, individual worksheets, articles, and graphs
  • Includes additional links to paleoclimate resources at the end of the lesson
Cons

  • None
Common Core

NGSS