- Watch this short movie of Al Gore recorded in spring of 2008.

Copy the following questions and paste your answers into the "Al Gore TED Talk" discussion using the tab on this page only. Your answers should be uniquely your own.

1. Describe what's happened to the extent of polar ice since 1960.
2. Al Gore says that Earth and Venus have the same amount of carbon. What is the difference between the two and what effect does it have?
3. What did you think about the ecospot ad?
4. What is the issue about developed vs developing countries?
5. What is Al Gore's "simple solution"?
6. How would it work?
7. What is a "hero generation"? Where else in history does Al Gore compare the need for heros?

Stop watching at about 20:00 in. Click HERE to go to the original web page of TED Talks. Read some of the comments posted below the video. Choose one of the statements (supporting or tearing down global warming) and do a quick research hit on what they are saying? Can you support what they are saying with evidence? Paste at least 2 links either way.

Book Notes on 7.1 & 7.2 -

Due at the end of class on 5/31/11

The Atmosphere

6/1 - Notes on the Movie "Atmosphere in Motion" - Find the movie in the HS Shared -> Science -> Van Meter folder. Watch it on your own and take notes. Then supplement the notes using the websites below. You should focus on:
  • expanding or clarifying your understanding of what's in the atmosphere
  • looking at the Coriolis Effect and what it does
  • understanding/being able to explain what the tilt of the Earth and the effect of the sun's rays have on the seasons and Earth's temperatures.

Use this animated diagram to further expand your notes on the earth's atmosphere.
Observe the Coriolis Effect
Use these websites to learn about the relationship between the sun, the earth, and the seasons: Earth-Sun Relations, Flash Seasons, Seasons Simulator, Length of Daylight,

------->> Why do we use simulations?

------->> How else can we get global warming data?

Notes and activities in class 6/2 - 6/6 (Thursday to Monday)

Indirect Evidence

Proxy data:
  • tree rings
  • ice core samples
  • first bloom dates of flowers
  • pollen samples
  • ocean sediments
  • old photos
  • old diaries (B Franklin, Lewis & Clark, medieval letters, monastic records, paintings, letters, any sort of records!

Proxy data study - June 2nd - June 6th

June 8th - Day After Tomorrow and Abrupt Climate Change

- Watch the movie

- take notes (phrases) on a T-chart on what might (or might not) be "real science"
See the board for the T-chart!
Put at least 2 phrases in each side


Write the same information in the "Today's Meet" for DAT

June 9 - Watch a little more of the movie.

- Assignment:

Read the following websites about the science behind the movie. What was done realistically? What was totally fiction? What was exaggerated for the emotional or dramatic effect in the movie?

Day After Tomorrow: Could Ice Age Occur Overnight?
Day After Tomorrow: Could It Really Happen?
The Science and Fiction of Day After Tomorrow
The Day After Tomorrow: Good and Bad Science
Day After Tomorrow Ice Age "Impossible"
The Ice Man
Day After Tomorrow a Lot of Hot Air
What's After the Day After Tomorrow?

Post at least 3 entries in the Discussion Thread called "Day After Tomorrow".

  • Your first entry should analyze two "facts" presented in the movie. Discuss whether they are realistically based on science or whether they are purely for dramatic effect. Cite the website(s) from the list above where you found your information. This entry is due at the end of class on Wednesday 6/9
  • Your second or third entries should be comments on the first entries of two other students. You may agree or disagree with their commentary, but you need to cite a different source. These entries are due before the exam is over on Friday at 3pm

June 7th- Watching Ice Melt

Listen during class, but click this link and here to explore what you are hearing. Click here to go to Today's Meetand record what you find. You should write quick notes, post links to articles, post links to pictures, ask questions that occur to you as you listen.

After listening, you may watch any or all of these three PBS programs which provide information both for and against global warming

The Heat Over Global Warming
God and Global Warming
Climate Change and the Media Senate Hearings
Emission Impossible
Home Grown


  • First part of the final is terminology/definition based. Questions are multiple choice, matching, and short answer.
  • In the outline, all material is fair game for multiple choice and matching.
  • Material that is italicized is used for short answer questions.
  • In this part of the test you may not use notes or computers.
  • The second part of the final is essay format. On the outline, this material is in bold. For this part of the test, you may use notes and any available material on the internet.
How It All Ends