Secrets of the Sediments - Digital Adaptation

Molly Ludwick, Kings Mountain Middle School

Beverly Owens, Cleveland Early College High School


This activity is a Google Slide playlist. Students will analyze data from sediments collected off the coast of Santa Barbara, California to determine whether this information can be used to study historical climate change. This playlist is suitable for use in remote, hybrid, or in-person instruction and can easily be added to a Learning Management System.

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Suitable for middle grades science or high school earth science courses.

Skills and concepts that students must have mastered

Analyzing data, interpreting graphs

How the activity is situated in the course

This activity can be used as a stand-alone activity to practice analyzing data and interpreting graphs or while studying geology, paleoclimatology, or sediment cores. This activity is suitable for remote, hybrid, or in-person instruction.


Content/concepts goals for this activity

Students will analyze and interpret data from sediments.

Students will draw conclusions from data.

Higher order thinking skills goals for this activity

Students will use data to interpret climate history.

Other skills goals for this activity

Description and Teaching Materials

This activity is housed in Google Slides and should be used in "edit" mode.

Teaching Notes and Tips

The link allows access to a "view only" copy of the playlist. You can choose, "File" then "Make a Copy" from the tool bar to create an editable copy. A "force copy" link is provided on the first slide. This activity is easily integrated into a Learning Management System.


Students will answer analysis questions on the slides. Students can submit the slides in a Learning Management System so teachers can check their work.

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