Analysing Past Climate Conditions Using Trees

45 minutes

Classroom work

One way to understand the history of our climate system is to look at the size of rings in tree trunks. In this activity, your students will determine the ages and years of growth of trees in order to draw conclusions about what the climate was like in the past.

Learning outcomes

  • Understanding of how how past climates are determined
  • Practise analysing and drawing conclusions from scientific findings
  • Ability to read tree sample strips