Reflection: Adjustments to Practice Tracking Trends: Using Fossils for Evidence of Climate Change (Day 2 of 2) - Section 4: The Classroom Flow: Putting it All Together


I am so happy that I decided to work with this area of climate science and this specific fossil resource again this year! I ended the lesson last year unsure of its value for me and my students.  After reflecting, I realized that the heart of the problem was that I really didn't know a lot about this subject area and was therefore unable to really plan for, anticipate, and respond to student needs.  This year, I decided to do some research and learn a bit more about how scientists learn about ancient climate trends, why they do so, and how it connects to our current climate change situation.  This background knowledge allowed me to have better starting prompts concerning how scientists study climate change and why and in turn, our conversation was richer/deeper as students were able to pull from their own background knowledge to add to our collective experience.  

Because I had experience with the lab protocol from last year, this year I was able to guide the final two concluding question discussions with ease.  Students reported out in their written unit personal reflections that this lab made them see science research differently, to look at the everyday things around them with more care and curiosity, and reflect upon our topic of climate change over geologic time.  

I can't wait to hear about your experiences working with this topic and lesson!

  Comparing Lesson Success from Last Year's Pilot to This Year's Revision
  Adjustments to Practice: Comparing Lesson Success from Last Year's Pilot to This Year's Revision
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Tracking Trends: Using Fossils for Evidence of Climate Change (Day 2 of 2)

Unit 3: Unit 3: Basic Chemistry in Biology
Lesson 9 of 12

Objective: Students will be able to use fossil data to track, compare, and discuss ancient climate change patterns.

Big Idea: Let your students explore ancient climate change using leaf fossil data to make connections between global temperature changes and carbon emissions.

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