Lesson 4

Are Global Warming and Climate Change Real?

Overview

Are Global Warming and Climate Change Real?

Throughout this lesson series students will be introduced to the greenhouse effect. Students will represent and analyse greenhouse gas data to evaluate whether global warming and climate change are occurring in the world. They will then determine their individual carbon footprints and identify ways that they can help to reduce the greenhouse effect. Students will require ready access to ICT at a whole-class, small-group and individual level.

ACS Codes

ACSHE191 ACSHE194 ACSHE230 ACSIS203 ACSIS204 ACSIS205 ACSIS208 ACSSU189

Lesson Objectives

Students will:

  • Represent and analyse greenhouse gas data to explore the relationship between the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and the average global temperature
  • Use their scientific data as evidence in support of their conclusion towards or against global warming and climate change

Evidence of Learning

Can the student:

  • Transfer between tabulated and graphical representations of data
  • Identify patterns between carbon dioxide concentration, average global temperature and climate changes observed in the world
  • Use scientific data in the support of their conclusions

Example Learning Sequence

  • Review the key elements of a well-constructed graph (i.e. labels, appropriate scale, units)
  • Investigation and analysis of greenhouse gas data
  • Presentation and discussion of findings/conclusions