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Author

NASA

Grades

8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Subjects

Science, Biology, Earth and Space Sciences

Resource Types

  • Articles and Websites
  • Charts, Graphs, and Tables

Regional Focus

Global

Scientific Consensus: Earth's Climate Is Warming

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Synopsis
  • This resource from NASA explains what a scientific consensus is and lists the many United States and international institutions that have made formal statements agreeing with the scientific consensus about climate change. 
  • The statements, links to the organizations, and a graph of global average temperate anomalies from 1880 to present are available on the site for additional information. 
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • This resource gives students the data and the links to numerous respected scientific institutions to read and explore.
  • This is great for media literacy topics and provides many examples of credible resources for scientific information.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should know how to read a graph to interpret the data presented.

Differentiation

  • Social studies and civics classes could use this resource to support discussions about the role of governments, institutions, and individuals in finding global solutions to climate change.
  • Math classes could use the data graph to discuss interpretation of data, lines of best fit, and the difference between graphing data vs. anomalies from an average.
  • Other resources related to this topic include the 2018 IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C and this short video summarizing that same report.
Scientist Notes
This resource discredits the myth that climate change is an ongoing debate. The fact of the matter is that independent meteorological agencies across the globe all have come to the same conclusion: human activity is causing the planet to warm. This resource is recommended for teaching.
Standards
  • Science
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-5. Ask questions to clarify evidence of the factors that have caused the rise in global temperatures over the past century.
  • English Language Arts
    • Reading (K-12)
      • R.8.1 Cite textual evidence that strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly/implicitly and make logical inferences. (RI&RL)
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