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CLEAN, Show Your Stripes


6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, AP® / College


Science, Earth and Space Sciences, Mathematics

Resource Types

  • Interactive Media
  • Charts, Graphs, and Tables

Regional Focus


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  • This interactive tool displays changes in global temperature from 1850 to 2022 and changes in the ocean's surface temperature during that same time period.
  • Students learn that global temperatures have increased dramatically during this timeframe, and the same increase is evident in ocean surface temperatures.
Teaching Tips


  • The tool is a visual representation that examines data from specific continents, regions, and sub-regions.
  • It is easy to use and visually striking.

Additional Prerequisites

  • The circular widget on each graph can be used to download and/or share the graph.
  • Right above the interactive tool, there is a clickable "FAQ" section.


  • This interactive tool can be used to create free-response questions about why global temperatures have increased so much since 1850.
  • This interactive tool can supplement a classroom activity where students investigate reforms and technologies that can slow down global warming.
  • It can be used to enhance a lesson on greenhouse gas emissions, where they come from, and how they impact the planet.
  • Teachers can use the tool to support a lesson on the Industrial Revolution and its long-lasting impacts.
Scientist Notes

This resource is from the CLEAN collection. “The CLEAN collection is hand-picked and rigorously reviewed for scientific accuracy and classroom effectiveness.”

  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS2: Earth's Systems
      • HS-ESS2-4 Use a model to describe how variations in the flow of energy into and out of Earth’s systems result in changes in climate.
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-5 Ask questions to clarify evidence of the factors that have caused the rise in global temperatures over the past century.
  • Common Core Math Standards (CCSS.MATH)
    • Functions: Interpreting Functions (9-12)
      • CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.HSF.IF.B.6 Calculate and interpret the average rate of change of a function (presented symbolically or as a table) over a specified interval. Estimate the rate of change from a graph.
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