In this activity, students will use pre-marked paper strips to simulate tree-ring core samples to help them understand that data for past climate changes can be gathered from sources beyond long-term weather observations. Students will be able to recognize the direct impact of climate on annual tree growth patterns. The student guide has an overall description of the activity, a list of materials, the procedure, and observations and questions. The instructor guide contains detailed background material, learning goals, alignment to national standards, grade level/time, details on materials and preparation, procedure, assessment ideas, and modifications for alternative learners.
Subject: Biology, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climatology Resource Type: Activities:Classroom Activity Grade Level: High School (9-12), Middle (6-8) Climate Literacy Principles: The Nature of Science:Observational Data, Life and Climate Are Linked Topics: Climate, Biosphere Theme: Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Atmospheric Science, Teach the Earth:Incorporating Societal Issues:Climate Change
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