Introduction to Climate

This Introduction to Climate lesson plan also includes:

Begin a full lesson on climate change by demonstrating how carbon dioxide gas contributes to increased temperatures. Be aware that pressure inside the antacid-containing bottle in Activity 2 may cause the lid to fly off; keep viewers at a safe distance and wear safety goggles. Show a PowerPoint presentation to teach energy balance, the greenhouse effect, and other concepts related to climate change. Part of the lesson includes demonstrating the effect of melting ice.  

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Pros

  • Earth science concepts for Next Generation Science Standards are addressed
  • Well-designed PowerPoint includes notes to support accompanying lecture
  • An appropriate introduction to other climate change lessons by the same publisher
Cons

  • No instruction for how to increase retention of material; consider designing a note-taking guide for the lesson or having the activities done in lab groups as opposed to demonstrating them