How Do Carbon Dioxide Concentrations in the Atmosphere Affect Global Climate?

This How Do Carbon Dioxide Concentrations in the Atmosphere Affect Global Climate? activity & project also includes:

Does carbon dioxide really affect temperatures across the world? This fifth installment in a six-part series investigates the relationship between carbon dioxide and global temperatures. Graphs created from genuine data help young scientists discover the correlation between carbon dioxide concentrations and average global temperatures.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Allow for group work to account for differing math levels
Classroom Considerations

  • Materials are necessary for the experiment; have the class bring in two-liter bottles from home
  • One of the activities requires copies of the graph located in the resource; consider enlarging the graph when making these copies
Pros

  • The lesson clearly describes the difference between correlation and causation
  • Learners develop their own experiments to investigate greenhouse gases
Cons

  • Directions reference an EarthComm notebook
  • Resource does not provide an answer key
  • Document permissions do not allow for printing
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