The purpose of this lesson is to introduce students to the concept of sea level rise as it occurs through climate change by having them examine 3 specific parameters: ice distribution, thermal expansion, and analyzing and interpreting data. The lesson and activities within the lesson were designed using the three dimensions of the Framework for K-12 Science Education and the Next Generation Science Standards – specifically crosscutting concepts, science and engineering practices, and disciplinary core ideas.
The Objectives of this Lesson Are:
- Students will use an investigation of a glacial model to predict what will happen in reference to changes over time.
- Students will predict results of an investigation related to the water height and temperature variables.
- Students will use real world data to identify patterns and trends, and create a model to explain their predictions.
The NGSS Performance Expectations of this lesson are:
- HS-ESS3-5: Climate Change and Future Impacts
- Analyze geoscience data and the results from global climate models to make an evidence-based forecast of the current rate of global or regional climate change and associated future impacts to Earth systems.