Using tree rings to teach weather, climate, correlation, photosynthesis, regression, the carbon cycle, isotopes and more.
On the BBC news: the research from Swansea University that supports these resources.
1) Show the Film
2) Play the Game
Collect tree ring samples, align the samples to create a 300 year record and see what weather and climate events emerge here.
Alternatively, use the simple paper-strip version from UCAR.
3) Choose the Relevant Teaching Resource
|Resource||Subject||Suggested age range|
|The Difference between Weather and Climate Teachers’ notes and worksheet.||Geography||11-14 (KS3)|
|The impact of volcanoes on climate Teachers’ notes and worksheet.||Geography||11-14 (KS3)|
|Weather detective – the weather of 1826 Teachers’ notes and worksheet.||Geography||11-14 (KS3)|
|Past Climate Change Teachers’ notes and worksheet.||Geography||11-14 (KS3)|
|Correlating Tree Rings and Temperature Notes for teachers and worksheets A , B, C , D and E and/ or spreadsheets A , B , C , D and E||Geography||11-16 (KS3/4)|
|Solar, Volcanic and Anthropogenic Climate Change Teachers’ notes and worksheet||Geography||14-16 (KS4)|
|The Factors Affecting Photosynthesis Teachers’ notes and worksheet||Biology||11-14 (KS3)|
Guide to Calibration and Natural Climate Proxies (advanced).
Unless otherwise stated, all temperature data used in the resources are based on the dataset published in this paper: European summer temperatures since Roman times. More information about the technique can be found in this paper: Oxygen stable isotope ratios from British oak tree-rings provide a strong and consistent record of past changes in summer rainfall.