A Record of Climate Change by: Zach Smith

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The hydrologic cycle is a very basic scientific principle. In this article, background information is presented on how the hydrologic cycle provides scientists with clues to understanding the history of Earth’s climate. Also detailed is a web-based activity that allows students to learn about how scientists are able to piece together a record of Earth’s climate thanks to a unique ice core drilling program in Greenland.

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  • on Thu Sep 08, 2016 8:14 PM

After reading this interesting article by Tina Harris, I was even more interested in teaching my future students about climate change. This article gives key important details about our climate that our future generations need to be informed about. Moreover, older students who are educated with this article will be able to use a hands-on web based activity that shows how scientist work to piece together and record Earth's climate. It has great graphics for visual learners and provides useful information on understanding the Earth's History, which helps with understanding climate change.

Caroline Bellant
Caroline Bellant

  • on Sun Jan 24, 2016 3:11 PM

Thank you for adding links to the websites!

Maxine Dibert  (Fairbanks, AK)
Maxine Dibert (Fairbanks, AK)

  • on Sat Feb 11, 2012 1:10 PM

After reading this article and the review by Tina Harris, I was excited to try the web activity. The link in the article is no longer active. However, the web activity can be found at http://www.teachersdomain.org/asset/ess05_int_greenland/ and other related resources are found at http://www.teachersdomain.org/resource/ess05.sci.ess.watcyc.greenland/. The web activity described in the article is perfect for my high school earth science class. It presents a summary of the data from the GISP2 project and allows them to interpret this data and draw conclusions about the Earth's climate. It provides a great deal of information about paleoclimates at a reading level my freshman will be able to comprehend.

Ruth Hutson  (Westmoreland, KS)
Ruth Hutson (Westmoreland, KS)

  • on Tue Mar 29, 2011 5:52 PM

This article and the associated website have lots of background information on how scientists determine climate in the past from a variety of sources, especially ice cores. BTW the website has moved. Go to http://www.tufts.edu/as/wright_center/iecws/materials_wright_dev.html and then scroll down and click on "GISP2 online activity" In this way, you can see other lesson resources associated with the sponsoring organization. The information is great, the questions are set up to build knowledge, but the activity itself is like an online worksheet - direct instruction. If your goal is background information on how coring works and how data is interpreted, this has it. But with a few modifications a new lesson could be made in an inquiry or project-based webquest using some of the slides and some of the wonderful resource links at the end of the online program.

Tina Harris  (Fairmount, IN)
Tina Harris (Fairmount, IN)

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