High-Adventure Science:
What is the future of Earth's climate?

Earth's temperature has increased over the past 120 years due to increased levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Through a series of guided questions, students explore interactions between factors that affect Earth's climate. They explore temperature data from ice cores, sediments, and satellites and greenhouse gas data from atmospheric measurements, run experiments with computer-based models, and hear from a climate scientist working to answer the same question.

Students will not be able to answer the question at the end of the module, but they will be able to explain how scientists can be certain that Earth is warming while not being entirely certain about how much Earth will warm.

Teacher resources for this unit include a Teacher Edition of the module, with links to supplemental background materials, teacher tips, exemplar answers, discussion questions and sense-making activities, as well as a real-time dashboard.

To prepare to use this module with students, first run the Teacher Edition. The Teacher Edition adds a layer of teacher tips to the student version of the module, providing you with in-depth support and classroom support materials. By the end of the Teacher Edition, you will be familiar with the curriculum and uncertainty-infused scientific argumentation. We also encourage you to read all of the documents provided in the Teacher Resources section below.

Assignable student materials below

What is the future of Earth's climate?
Image credit: NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies

Unit Includes

  • Teacher Edition
  • Class Dashboard
  • Pre- and Post-Tests
  • Spanish-language Student Module
  • Automated Scoring and Feedback (HASBOT)
CLEAN Selected
CLEAN Selected
Awarded: May 28, 2019
Awarded to: What is the Future of Earth's Climate?

Teacher Resources

Theory & Background

Introduction to High-Adventure Science
Learn about using real-world data and computer-based models to explore big unanswered scientific questions.

Teaching with Online Materials
Information about using computer-based curricula.

Class Dashboard Guide
How to get started with the Class Dashboard: view student work in real time.

HASBOT Teacher Dashboard Guide
How to use the HASBOT teacher dashboard to see scores given by HASBOT automated scoring engine.

Learning Goals & Assessment

Standards Alignments for What is the future of Earth's climate?
NGSS and NSES alignments.

Scoring Scientific Arguments within High-Adventure Science
Generic rubric for scoring scientific arguments.

HASBOT: Introduction to Automated Scoring and Feedback
How the automated scoring works and how to interpret scores and feedback.

HASBOT: Rubrics for Scientific Argumentation Items in the Climate Module
Individual rubrics for each of the eight auto-scored argumentation items in the climate module.

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