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How do seasonal temperature patterns vary among different regions of the world?
http://www.globe.gov/documents/356823/356868/earth_la_seaphen_s3.pdf

GLOBE Program

Students use the GLOBE Student Data Archive and visualizations to display current temperatures on a map of the world. They explore the patterns in the temperature map, looking especially for differences between different regions and hemispheres and zoom in for a closer look at a region that has a high density of student reporting stations (such as the US and Europe). Students compare and contrast the patterns in these maps, looking for seasonal patterns.

Activity takes about three 45-minute class periods.

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The tilt of Earth’s axis relative to its orbit around the Sun results in predictable changes in the duration of daylight and the amount of sunlight received at any latitude throughout a year. These changes cause the annual cycle of seasons and associated temperature changes.
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Because the earth turns daily on an axis that is tilted relative to the plane of the earth's yearly orbit around the sun, sunlight falls more intensely on different parts of the earth during the year. The difference in intensity of sunlight and the resulting warming of the earth's surface produces the seasonal variations in temperature.
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Teaching Tips

  • To make students familiar with using graphs to explore seasonal changes, it is suggested to do this activity first: What Are Some Factors That Affect Seasonal Patterns?.
  • The background section doesn't stress why the understanding of seasonal variability is important to the understanding of climate change. Educators should supplement the activity with this information.
  • This activity is one of a collection of activities of the GLOBE program's Earth as a System seasons and phenology activities and is probably best used in combination with related GLOBE activities.See more information about the GLOBE Program at http://www.globe.gov.

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  • Labels on some of the sample maps (e.g. country names) could be useful to help orient students, though educators can point out where different countries etc. are located in each map.

About the Pedagogy

  • Students use an inquiry-based approach to extend their investigations.
  • Students actively use data and visualizations to display temperatures on a map and gain an understanding of how to interpret scientific data and geographic representations of data to explore local and regional seasonal variations. They will be able to: Summarize the effect of latitude, elevation, and geography on global temperature patterns; Explore local and regional seasonal variations.
  • While the material stresses the importance of engagement, it does not give teachers engaging activities for getting student involvement.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • As included here no direct link to GLOBE web based data system or data, where the wealth of background information and data is available http://classic.globe.gov.

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