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.
More Past Climate Teaching Resources
Resources exploring the solar, volcanic, orbital and greenhouse gas causes of climate change over the last 2.6 million years.
Resources based on 3D printed sections of the Central England Temperature record.