Grade 8

Using the Very, Very Simple Climate Model in the Classroom

Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Alignment


Disciplinary Core Idea/Sub-Idea:

ESS3. Earth and Human Activity

ESS3.C. Human Impacts on Earth Systems


MS-ESS3-5. Ask questions to clarify evidence of the factors that have caused the rise in global temperatures over the past century.

Extension 1 Instructional Focus


The Aura satellite’s measurements of ozone, aerosols, and gases enable scientists to analyze Earth’s atmosphere and understand the impact of the Amazon rainforest on its chemical composition.

Extension 2 Instructional Focus


With the aid of supporting materials in video and written form, and a pre-writing exercise, students participate in a space advocacy letter writing campaign in alignment with guiding principles for science literacy from the current STE standards.  Students write one-page advocacy letters to their U.S. Representative and Senators on this topic: What should the United States be doing to clean up the orbiting junkyard in space?  Students may also wish to adapt their letters for submission to a local newspaper or other news medium.

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