Secrets of the Sediments

Summary:

During this activity, students will graph and analyze data from sediments collected off the coast of Santa Barbara, California to determine whether this information can be used to study historical climate change.
Topic: 
Climate Change
Activity Type: 
Classroom Activities
Grade level: 
5-8
Grade level: 
9-12

Curriculum standards

National Science Education Content Standards: 
Standard B: Science as inquiry
Standard C: Physical science
Standard D: Life science
Standard E: Earth and space science
Next Generation Science Standards: Cross Cutting Concepts: 
Patterns
Scale, proportion, quantity
Stability and change
Next Generation Science Standards: Science and Engineering Practices: 
Asking questions and defining problems
Planning and carrying out investigations
Analyzing and interpreting data
Constructing explanations and designing solutions
Engaging in argument from evidence
Next Generation Science Standards: Core Ideas: 
ESS2.C The roles of water in Earth’s surface processes
ESS2. D Weather and climate
ESS2. E Biogeology
LS1.B Growth and development of organisms
LS1.C Organization for matter and energy flow in organisms
LS2.A Interdependent relationships in ecosystems
LS2.B Cycles of matter and energy transfer in ecosystems
LS2.C Ecosystem dynamics, functioning, and resilience
LS3.A Inheritance of traits
LS3. B Variation of traits
LS4.C Adaptation