In this activity groups of 4 students will be given a set of materials in a box. Each set
should contain two 3-D objects (or photos if no objects available), two figures, and two
sets of three true/false statements that correspond to each figure. There are six sets of
materials; each set is related to a common theme. The table above shows the themes of
each set of materials and the level of difficulty for explaining the figure. Depending on the
number of students in your class and group size, you may need to replicate sets between
groups. The figures will introduce students to different ways that data is represented and
will demonstrate different influences climate change may have on the state of Minnesota.
• Students will make their own interpretations of graph images of data that represent different
impacts of climate change on Minnesota.
• Students will make the connection between 3-D objects and what the data represents.
• Students will divide three statements about each graph into true or false categories.
• Students will share their results.
• Students will brainstorm how climate change could affect their biome.
ACTIVITY DESCRIPTION AND TEACHING MATERIALS
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TEACHING NOTES / CONTEXT FOR USE
1. Ask the students to name the five implications of climate change for Minnesotans.
They can look back in their journals to review this.
2. Ask the students to write in their journals for five minutes about what issue they
might be interested in studying if they were a scientist. Ask them to describe
where and how they might do their research and what questions they might have
based on what they’ve learned so far.
Assessment is at the discretion of the educator as to how the resource is used and what they intend to gain from using it.
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