Lesson Plan

Grades 6-8

People and Climate Change: The Data Is In

45 minutes

SUBJECTS: Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies

TOPICS: Air Pollution, Climate Change, Oceans

Resource Overview

Students interpret various forms of data (graphic, written, and visual) and identify relationships between population growth, greenhouse gas emissions, temperature rise, ice melt, and sea level rise.

Students will be able to:
  • Interpret information of various formats (graphic, written, and visual) and draw meaningful conclusions.
  • Consider the benefits and drawbacks of certain types of data representation.
  • Hypothesize cause and effect relationships between human population growth, increasing greenhouse gas emissions, temperature rise, ice melt, and sea level rise.

Features of This Resource

  • Opportunity for authentic learning with real-world data
  • Students examine cause and effect chains
  • A favorite lesson for teaching about climate change
  • Great for practicing data literacy in middle school

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