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Understanding Climate Change: Lesson Plans for the Classroom

Type: Books
Date Published: June 30, 2009
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Understanding Climate Change: Lesson Plans for the Classroom is a collection of six lessons exploring climate change. Its easy-to-follow format will help students learn about how our climate works and will teach them to critically evaluate the data that they are often presented. These lessons challenge students to think objectively about climate change, as well as other issues.

The lessons begin with an introduction to the scientific method, which shows students how hypotheses are tested and how theories are developed. In the second lesson, students will learn how to use the scientific method to analyze the relationship between two variables. They will also learn about the difference between correlation and causation.

Lessons 3 and 4 dive deep into the science of climate change, teaching students about the carbon cycle, climate models, and a variety of factors that influence earth's climate. Lesson 5 dispels current misconceptions about climate change and provides students with the tools to interpret charts and graphs.

The final lesson teaches students that economics is about choices and trade-offs. Using a number of different examples, this lesson will help students understand the importance of evaluating the costs and benefits of proposals to address climate change.

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