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Analyzing Tree Rings to Determine Climate Change DLESE Reviewed Collection
Researchers such as paleoclimatologists or dendrochronologists use tree ring analyses as one tool to reconstruct climate information about the past. They will often reference data from other sources such as historical weather records, and ice core or ocean core samples to support their findings. In this lesson students will utilize monthly average precipitation data to strengthen conclusions about periods of drought or abnormal rainfall from analysis of tree rings. This lesson is designed to facilitate student acquisition of the skills and knowledge necessary for accessing and utilizing NASA data sets to further their science and math competencies while engaging them in activities that reflect the processes of scientific inquiry as conducted by individuals in a growing number of careers.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Middle (6-8)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Computer activity
    • Lesson plan
  • Climatology
  • Ecology
  • Geological Sciences:
    • Paleontology
  • Mathematics
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
This product is free and clear for general use.
DLESE Catalog ID: MYND-000-000-000-056
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • 5-8:
      • A - Science as inquiry:
        • Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
      • C - Life science:
        • Population and ecosystems
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Earth's history
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Contact: Dr Lin Chambers