Smithsonian in Your Classroom: Prehistoric Climate Change (and Why It Matters Today)


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Lesson plan introduces environmental issues while providing fun, challenging, real-world math problems. Students do the work of a team of paleontologists studying a time of rapid global warming 55 million years ago. By examining fossils of leaves from various tree species, and by incorporating the findings into a mathematical formula, they are able to tell average annual temperatures during this prehistoric time.

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    Topics and Grades

    Grade: 4 to 12

    Topics: Science, Mathematics, Environmental Issues