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Effectively engaging with climate skeptics
Jessica Kleiss, Lewis & Clark College
One of my persistent challenges as a climate scientist involves friendly conversations with my extended (climate skeptic) family over the Thanksgiving table, as I try to inform and guide their perceptions about ...

Gallery Walk Questions about Climate
created by Mark Francek, Central Michigan University The following are potential questions that could be used in a gallery walk activity about climate. The questions are organized according to the cognitive level ...

Oceans and Climate Debate
Branwen Williams, Claremont McKenna College
This activity orally tests students understanding of the links between ocean processes and global climate change. It is set up as a debate with students serving as the science experts and volunteer faculty serving ...

Exploring the Link between Hurricanes and Climate using GCM Results
Cindy Shellito, University of Northern Colorado
This activity requires students to examine global climate model output available online and consider the potential impact of global warming on tropical cyclone initiation and evolution. As a follow-up, students ...

The Heat is On: Understanding Local Climate Change
Dan Zalles, SRI International
Students draw conclusions about the extent to which multiple decades of temperature data about Phoenix suggest that a shift in local climate is taking place as opposed to exhibiting nothing more than natural ...

Unit 3: Communicating Climate 2: Literary Representations of Climate Change
Jennifer Hanselman, Westfield State University; Rick Oches, Bentley University; Jennifer Sliko, Pennsylvania State University-Penn St. Harrisburg; Laura Wright, Western Carolina University
After being introduced to scientific communication in Unit 2, students will continue by exploring different literary representations of climate change during this unit. Students will analyze various kinds of ...

Climate History from Deep Sea Sediments
DATA: Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) Core Data. TOOL: Virtual Ocean. SUMMARY: Locate potential core, log, and seismic data to map the marine sediment biostratigraphy. Search for a specific planktonic foraminifera that prefers warmer ocean conditions.

Introduction to Global Climate Change Through Classroom Discussion
Becca Edwards, Southwestern University
A classroom discussion about global climate change designed for a general undergraduate classroom. Discussion is facilitated by a 10-15 minute brainstorming session or gallery walk.

Unit 2: Communicating Climate 1: The Science of Climate Change
Jennifer Hanselman, Westfield State University; Rick Oches, Bentley University; Jennifer Sliko, Pennsylvania State University-Penn St. Harrisburg; Laura Wright, Western Carolina University
Using climate data, students develop a graph and present the result in a blog, emphasizing effective scientific communication. Students work individually or in teams to graph, describe, and explain the data sets in ...

Case Study 5.1 - Interactions: Climate's Tangled Web
Cynthia Fadem, Earlham College
I designed this activity as a role-playing game to help students understand both the concept of climate modeling and how the climate system works. Students take on the role of a climate system component, examining ...