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Curriculum Consortium

Tyson Grover 

tgrover@dsdmail.net

Annette Nielson

afonnesbeck@dsdmail.net

Storyline Narrative 8.4.4

Episode 1

 

Student will see the first frame of the video which shows them the temperatures of the earth in 1939.  They will use colored pencils to draw the temperatures during 1939 year. They will predict and form a hypothesis on what they think will happen to the temperatures by 2015.  The student will watch the video that shows in red higher than average temperatures and in blue lower than average temperatures.

Students will look for patterns in the data about what is happening on our earth between 1939 and 2015? Have students reflect on this and write an analysis of the data.  Conduct a class discussion about what they concluded.  

 

Episode 2

 

What are the causes of climate change? Students will read an article to obtain and evaluate information that helps to identify the possible causes of climate change. They will use the information to help them draw a diagram/model of what was happening that is causing climate change.

 

Episode 3

Students will start by constructing an explanation of what they think the difference is between weather and climate then they will watch a video that explains the difference.  They will change their definitions of the two and then categorize some situations as either climate or weather.

 

Episode 4

Students will analyze data from graphs using computational thinking and images representing outcomes to identify patterns in the data in order to to figure out what the effects of global climate change are.

 

Episode 5

Students will pick one of the effects of climate change and obtain and evaluate information to research deeper into the causes of it and how it is going to affect people, ecosystems etc. They will propose what may have to change to deal with the problems that are going to be faced with these changes.

Conceptual Understandings

That the earth’s surface on average is rising

What is going to happen because temperature is changing?

What is causing the temperature change?

Snapshot

Students will watch a video on the extreme ups and downs of the climate on earth look for patterns and analyze the data to form a conclusion.

Episode 1

Question

Is the earth warming up?

 

Episode 2

Question

What is causing climate change?

Snapshot

Students will read an article that helps to identify the possible causes of climate change. They will use the information to help them draw a diagram/model of one cause of climate change and why it causes it.   

Conceptual Understandings

That there are many causes to the temperature rising.

What happens because the temperature is going up?

 

How do we know it's actually going up when we still have cold winters?

 

Conceptual Understandings

That weather and climate are not the same thing.

What is going to happen because of the climate changing?

Snapshot

Students will develop an explanation describing the difference is between weather and climate, watch a video that explains the difference and categorize some situations as either climate or weather. They will explore how climate shows the overall stability or change in an ecosystem.  

Episode 3

Question

Why do we say the climate is getting hotter when we have had extremely cold winters in the past few years?

 

Episode 4

Question

What is going to happen because of the climate changing?

Snapshot

Students will analyze data from graphs and images to figure out what the effects of global climate change are.

Conceptual Understandings

The will identify from data some of the effects caused by climate change.  

What effects do these changes have on people, environments etc.?

 
 

Episode 5

Question

What effect are these changes going to have on people, environments, etc?

Snapshot

Students will pick one of the effects of climate change and Obtain information through research into the causes of it and how it is going to affect people, ecosystems etc. They will propose and communicate what may have to change to deal with the problems that are going to be faced with these changes.

Conceptual Understandings

How the problems caused by global climate change are going to affect people and environments.

What can we do to change this?