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  • Tell students that Activity 1 (Constructing an Argument) of the lesson What is the Future of Earth's Climate? introduces the structure of the scientific argumentation they will be asked to do in the rest of the lesson. Tell students that Activity 1 will give them practice with analyzing a data set and making a good scientific argument from the evidence. Encourage students to review the questions and example best answers provided in Activity 1 before starting on the current activity.

  • Subjects & Disciplines

    • Science
      • Environmental
      • General science

    Teaching Approach

    • Inquiry-based learning

    Teaching Methods

    • Self-directed learning
    • Self-paced learning
    • Writing

    Skills Summary

    This activity targets the following skills:

    • Critical Thinking Skills
      • Creating
  • What You’ll Need

    Materials You Provide

    • Computers with Internet connection

    Required Technology

    • Internet Access: Required
  • Background Information


    Prior Knowledge

    • None

    Recommended Prior Activities

    • None

    Vocabulary

    Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry
    claim Verb

    to state as the truth.

    evidence Noun

    data that can be measured, observed, examined, and analyzed to support a conclusion.

    solar Adjective

    having to do with the sun.

    solar flare Noun

    explosion in the sun's atmosphere, which releases a burst of energy and charged particles into the solar system.

    sunspot Noun

    dark, cooler area on the surface of the sun that can move, change, and disappear over time.

    temperature Noun

    degree of hotness or coldness measured by a thermometer with a numerical scale.

    Encyclopedic Entry: temperature

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Funder

National Science Foundation - HAS

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. DRL-1220756. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.