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Activity 4 (Explain): Rising Temperatures, Rising Tides

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Activity Summary

In this activity, students look at a series of graphs showing global temperature and carbon dioxide levels to make the connection that the two are correlated. Then they watch a video about the greenhouse effect to see how carbon dioxide is causing global temperature increases. Finally, students fill in a cause & effect graphic organizer that traces each step from greenhouse gases to the sunny day floods in their phenomenon.

Activity Objectives & Materials

Approximate Time: 60 minutes



  • Students will analyze graphs to identify the correlation between carbon dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere and global temperature increases

  • Students will be able to explain the greenhouse effect in order to show how carbon dioxide is causing global temperature increases


Materials (see activity for details on these materials)

  • Computer & projector

  • Speakers for video


  • Rising Temperatures, Rising Tides

Standards Connection




1. Frame the Activity


2. Global Temperature Change

3. Carbon Dioxide Levels


4. Global Temperature and Carbon Dioxide Levels

5. Reading: Correlation vs. Causation

6. The Greenhouse Effect

7. Cause & Effect

8. Formative Assessment


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