Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding Impact of Climate Change on Biological and Physical Systems - Section 3: Explore

 

I love graphs. I do. I love making them. I love using them to tell a story, ask questions, wonder about the relationship of the variables. And I love teaching with them. Interacting with graphs activates other parts of the brain that raw data or readings don't reach. I try to pass this excitement on to my students throughout every unit of curriculum I write. Sometimes I start out with a graph to spark ideas and conversation on a new topic of study. Students are always required to graph their data and must know the best graph to select when doing so. Graphs help us step back and look at the big picture and the little details. They help raise questions and can provide evidence when making claims. I particularly like graphs when they involve systems thinking and that is what this lesson does. It pushed student thinking to the impacts of climate change on systems and helps them make meaning of complex systems interactions.

In the video below, two of my students share how their confidence at interpreting data strengthened as a result of this unit of study.

 

 

  Digging into Data
  Developing a Conceptual Understanding: Digging into Data
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Impact of Climate Change on Biological and Physical Systems

Unit 4: Understanding Our Changing Climate: Impact on Oceans
Lesson 8 of 10

Objective: SWBAT analyze climate data to identify the impact of climate change on physical and biological systems.

Big Idea: Students look at data from a variety of sources to make claims about the impacts of climate change.

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Science, Climate Change, Data Use and Analysis, acid rain, ocean, Carbon, making claims, tides, Sea level rise, map
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