Standard III-Objective 3 - Climate Change
Standard 3: Students will understand the atmospheric processes that support life
and cause weather and climate.
Objective 3: Examine the natural and human-caused processes that cause Earth’s climate
to change over intervals of time ranging from decades to millennia.
I Can Statements
a. I can explain differences between weather and climate and the methods used to investigate
evidence for changes in climate (e.g., ice core sampling, tree rings, historical temperature
measurements, changes in the extent of alpine glaciers, changes in the extent of Arctic sea ice).
b. I can explain how Earth’s climate has changed over time and describe the natural causes for
these changes (e.g., Milankovitch cycles, solar fluctuations, plate tectonics).
c. I can describe how human activity influences the carbon cycle and may contribute to climate
d. I can explain the differences between air pollution and climate change and how these are
related to society’s use of fossil fuels.
e. I can predict the current and potential consequences of climate change (e.g., ocean
acidification, sea level rise, desertification, habitat loss) on ecosystems, including human communities.
|Learning Activity||Technology||Application Lab||Inquiry Lab||Discussion||Audio-Visual||Reading/ Writing||Students Teach||Demonstration|
|ES Core Tracker|
|Carbon Cycle Demonstration||X|
|Carbon Cycle Sources and Sinks||X||X|
|Analyzing Greenhouse Gases over time||X||X|
|Carbon Cycle Web Game||X|
|Carbon Cycle Emissions||X|
|Create a Carbon Cycle Diagram||X|
|Global Climate Change Webquest||X|
|Graphing the Greenhouse||X|
|Sea Level Webquest|
|Sea Level Change||X|