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Global Patterns

Federica Raia, On the Cutting Edge Collection - SERC (Science Education Resource Center)

This activity supports educators in the use of the activities that accompany the GLOBE Program's Earth System Poster 'Exploring Connections in Year 2007'. Students identify global patterns and connections in environmental data that include soil moisture, insolation, surface temperature, cloud fraction, precipitation, world topography/bathymetry, aerosol optical thickness, and biosphere (from different times of the year) with the goal of recognizing patterns and trends in global data sets.

Activity takes one to two class periods.

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Teaching Tips

  • Students will need some guidance from the instructor to frame their observations.
  • This activity has been modified from the original GLOBE poster and activities, that are linked, and offer additional background and instructions.

About the Science

  • This a skill-based activity that focuses on having students recognize patterns in global data sets.
  • This skill is important for critical thinking while analyzing large data sets and data-based imagery.
  • The activity can be used with data on the GLOBE poster or with any data set.
  • Comments from expert scientist: This course provides a broad overview of the Earth System. I see this as a strength compared to other ways of presenting the material such as going into detail on each Earth System component but then missing the big picture. The process of formulating hypotheses is critical to the scientific method. In this course, students are pushed to develop their own hypotheses.

About the Pedagogy

  • This activity uses a jigsaw approach to have students work in small groups while observing data-based imagery.
  • The activity does not contain specific handouts or instructions, so it will need to be tailored by the instructor.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

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GLOBE Earth System Poster "Exploring Connections in Year 2007": http://classic.globe.gov/page?earth_system

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