Reflection: Trust and Respect Natural Drivers Or Human Activity? - Section 1: Warm-up


At family functions there are a few topics that we attempt to steer clear of, climate change being one of those. My brother is adamant that solar output is the cause of climate change and he will not even consider any other argument having found the one that best fits his point of view. He would be proud that I am exposing students to this perspective.

Additionally, at Back to School night for our parents, climate change is one of the topics that parents ask about, specifically, "Will you allow students to form their own opinions?"  

This lesson works to provide students with a well-rounded experience that introduces them not only to both sides of the climate change debate, but also to the challenges that surround determining the cause(s) of this crisis. My hope (and expectation) is that students will be able to see that both natural processes and human activity play a role and, regardless of the cause, we must do what we can to mitigate the impacts of our changing climate. 

  Fairly Representing the Issue
  Trust and Respect: Fairly Representing the Issue
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Natural Drivers Or Human Activity?

Unit 10: Design a Resilient, Self-Sustaining Community
Lesson 9 of 11

Objective: SWBAT express and justify their thought on the primary cause(s) for the increase in Earth's temperatures over the last century.

Big Idea: Students love to argue so why not harness that in the name of science? Students apply their argumentation skills (SP7) as they determine their opinion on the causes of climate change.

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Science, Climate Change, Community Building, argumentation based on evidence , sustainability, design
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