


Mathematics Skill or Topic Area: Properties of Linear Equations 

Next Gen Science Framework ESS2.D Weather and climate; ESS3.C Human impact on Earth systems; ESS3.D Global climate change Common Core ELA for Science: RST.68.2. Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; provide an accurate summary of the text distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.RST.68.8. Distinguish among facts, reasoned judgment based on research findings, and speculation in a text. RST.68.9. Compare and contrast the information gained from experiments, simulations, video, or multimedia sources with that gained from reading a text on the same topic. Common Core Math Standard: CCS.8.SP.A.1 Construct and interpret scatter plots for bivariate measurement data to investigate patterns of association between two quantities; CCS.8.SP.A.2 Know that straight lines are widely used to model relationships between two quantitative variables; CCS.8.SP.A.3 Use the equation of a linear model to solve problems in the context of bivariate measurement data, interpreting the slope and intercept.


Video Engagement: How Humans are Affecting Our Planet Students learn how the greenhouse effect keeps more of the sun’s heat and energy within Earth’s atmosphere causing temperatures on Earth to rise. This video segment explains the effect warmer temperatures are playing on Earth. (8 minutes). View Program 


Explore math connections with SpaceMath@NASA 

Problem I  Estimating Your Home's Carbon Footprint  Students graph the tabulated number of kilograms of carbon dioxide generated per kilowatthour, and use this graph to convert a monthly electricity bill into kilograms of carbon dioxide generated. [ Open PDF ] Problem II  Estimating the Carbon Footprint for Traveling  Students compare and graph the amount of carbon dioxide produced by domestic air travel and the family car, and use this to predict which form of transportation is' greener' for a 2000 mile trip. [ Open PDF ] Explain your thinking: Write your own problem  Using information found in the Math Connection problems, the press release or the video program, create your own math problem. Explain why you set the problem up this way, and how you might find its answer. Evaluate your understanding: Challenge Problem  Students explore population change, global temperature change and carbon dioxide change and predict during which year China and the USA will achieve the same level of carbon dioxide generation. [ Open PDF ]


NASA / JPL 3D Solar System 

Extend your new knowledge  Visit Earth using Eyes on the Earth and learn how to use weighted averaging to estimate the average temperature of Earth. [ Open PDF ] 
