Recognizing Patterns in Earth's Climate History - Digital Student Workbook

Molly Ludwick, Kings Mountain Middle School

Beverly Owens, Cleveland Early College High School

Initial Publication Date: March 3, 2021 | Reviewed: August 4, 2022


This activity is a digital student workbook that compliments the "Recognizing Patterns in Earth's Climate History" Lesson. Students will make observations and note patterns they see in sediment cores. Students will make inferences about Earth's climate history based on their observations. This workbook is on Google Slides and can be utilized in a Learning Management System.

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Suitable for middle grades science or high school earth science courses while studying climate change or geology.

Skills and concepts that students must have mastered

Students should be familiar with making observations and inferences.

How the activity is situated in the course

This activity can be used as a stand-alone activity or in combination with a unit on climate change or geology. This activity is suitable for remote, hybrid, or in-person instruction.


Content/concepts goals for this activity

Students will use a series of sediment core samples to recognize patterns and make inferences about earth's climate history.

Higher order thinking skills goals for this activity

Students will make observations about a sediment core.

Students will recognize patterns in a series of core samples.

Students will make inferences about earth's climate based on sediment cores.

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 toolbar 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 complete activities as they progress through the playlist that provide formative assessments of the material being introduced. Students can submit the slides in a Learning Management System so teachers can check their work. This activity could also lead to a class discussion and further study of climate change.

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