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Human Energy Systems | Activity 2.4

Activity 2.4: Finding Patterns in Earth Systems (30 min)

Students discuss the patterns identified in the large-scale data and formulate questions about the relationships among the patterns.

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Have students retrieve their completed versions of 2.1 Finding Patterns Tool for Earth Systems.


1. Lead a whole class discussion of the four considerations.

Open 2.4 Identifying Patterns in Large Scale Data PPT. Use the slides to have a discussion about the four phenomena and also the three considerations for each.


During the discussions, help students come to consensus about each phenomenon. Students may suggest connections between phenomena such as the fact that increasing global temperatures may contribute to decreased Arctic Sea ice and increased sea level. They may also suggest more specific connections such as the decrease in Arctic Sea caused the sea level rise (although this idea is incorrect because sea level rise is attributed to melting land ice, it is appropriate to let them express any ideas at this point or to direct them toward formulating this as a question to include). Use the 2.1 Assessing the Finding Patterns Tool for Earth Systems to assess students’ completed tools.


Save slide 8 to return to at the end of the unit.