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
- Earth science
- Inquiry-based learning
- Self-directed learning
- Self-paced learning
This activity targets the following skills:
Critical Thinking Skills
What You’ll Need
Materials You Provide
The resources are also available at the top of the page.
- Internet Access: Required
Recommended Prior Activities
Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry claim Verb
to state as the truth.
data that can be measured, observed, examined, and analyzed to support a conclusion.
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.
dark, cooler area on the surface of the sun that can move, change, and disappear over time.
degree of hotness or coldness measured by a thermometer with a numerical scale.
Encyclopedic Entry: temperature