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Smithsonian Education: Prehistoric Climate Change

Smithsonian Education: Prehistoric Climate Change

As we dig out from the cold winter, and many students are wondering if climate change is real, there’s no better time to take them on a climate change experience! In this highly interactive simulation, students examine and analyze two sets of fossils of leaves from prehistoric trees found at actual dig sites in Wyoming. Using a leaf margin analysis method, students compare several specimens, and record the data to determine the average temperature of the time period. This authentic data can be a jumping off point for a climate study, or way to deepen their learning about climate science. Either way, this experience will fully engage the learners in your classroom.

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