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      Strategies: Advanced Work

      The following activities are suggestions for working with students who are ready for advanced work. We hope that the activities spark ideas and conversations among teachers about useful classroom strategies that can supplement existing curriculum.

      Global Warming

      Students are expected to participate in and apply the processes of scientific investigation to create models and to design, conduct, evaluate and communicate the results of these investigations (Scientific Inquiry, Benchmark A).

      Students may draw logical conclusions based on scientific knowledge about possible causes of global warming and how human activities may affect the global climate. Click here* for "Global Warming," a series of lessons from Michigan State University in which students describe the changes in weather patterns and climate associated with global warming, make inferences about the possible effects of greenhouse gases and develop written presentations using clear language, accurate data, appropriate graphs, tables, maps and available technology. Students may summarize data, including the atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration during the past 250 years (as illustrated in the graph below) and use this data to support their arguments.

      Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Concentration

      This activity incorporates student understanding of climate and weather patterns in Earth's systems (Earth and Space Sciences, Benchmark B) and how human activities can affect the status of natural systems (Life Sciences, Benchmark G).

      *This link contains resources or information that may be useful. These resources were not written to align specifically to Ohio's Academic Content Standards. The inclusion of a specific resource is not an endorsement of that particular resource, or any of its contents, by the Ohio Department of Education. Teachers are advised to preview all sites before using them with students.

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