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WorldWatcher Project: Global Warming
This Starting Point webpage is a summary of a role-playing resource called Worldwatcher Project: Global Warming Project. In this exercise, students role-play advisors to various heads of state on the subject of global warming. The web site offers a short curriculum to help the students become experts on global warming. It offers lab activities, computer visualizations (using free WorldWatcher software), lots of background readings, and choose-your-own-adventure journeys through the carbon and water cycles. The unit concludes with a summit on global warming at which students give their presentations. For teachers, there is a pedagogical explanation for each activity and rubrics for the presentation and for an energy balance diagram assignment. This website explains the learning goals of the exercise and context for use of this exercise. It also provides teaching notes and tips, a list of necessary teaching materials, assessment techniques and additional resources. This website is part of the Starting Point collection.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
  • College (13-14)
  • Graduate / Professional
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Classroom activity
    • Guide for instructor
  • Climatology
  • Policy issues
Technical requirements:
Mac/PC Downloadable WorldWatcher Software
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Copyright and other restriction information unknown.
DLESE Catalog ID: SERC-STARTINGPOINT-000-000-000-250
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Principal Investigator: Daniel Edelson
Geographic Data in Education Initiative