Part 3: Investigate Future Climate Data

Guiding Question: 

The specific question determined by the student (e.g., What does the model tell us about future rates of growth when considering global climate change?)

** For background information and implementation suggestions see the GLOBE Biomass Accumulation Model Teacher Guide**




Estimated Time: 

What to do and how to do it:

  1. INTRODUCTION: Solicit students' knowledge on potential future climate changes. What changes do they expect to see in the future in their local biome? In other biomes? Use temperature and precipitation animations as a resource and to elicit student-designed mini investigations using the Biomass Accumulation Model.
  2. Watch Using the Biomass Accumulation Model to Explore Climate Change screencast tutorial. 
  3. In pairs, students follow the instructions in Student Worksheet 3 (found at the end of the Biomass Accumulation Model Teacher Guide) to pose a research question, develop an investigation plan that uses the Advanced Inputs climate change dials in the model, and analyze results.
  4. WRAP-UP: Class discussion, presentations, etc. For ideas on sharing findings of scientific research, see the Communicating Research Findings page.  Students may want to connect their findings with the most recent climate change reports and write a more formal report of their findings, which could include possible ecological implications to that biome if those changes occurred, and identifies new research questions.


Assessment suggestions are located on page 7 of the GLOBE Biomass Accumulation Model Teacher's Guide. The Teacher's Guide also contains Teacher Versions of student worksheets.