National Geographic Xpeditions Archive
Activity takes about four to six hours.Discuss this Resource»
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Can be adapted to fit grades 6-8; also may be used at lower college level.
About Teaching Climate Literacy
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Excellence in Environmental Education Guidelines
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E) Organizing information.
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A) Processes that shape the Earth.
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Teaching Tips | Science | Pedagogy |
- Perhaps go through African geography with class to familiarize them with the continent vs countries vs cities in Africa.
- Students may need direction in converting inches to centimeters and Fahrenheit to Celsius.
- Students may need help reading and creating graphs, e.g., dealing with changing ranges on y-axes.
- Not all the vocabulary is related, but may still be useful.
- MapMaker interactive tool may be useful in other activities.
- Can teach about/highlight seasonality in different hemispheres using this activity.
- Can compare past data to current data (e.g. compare last 10 yrs to last 50 yrs) to look more into climate change and interpreting their graphs.
- Could link activity to climate normals data.
About the Science
- Well-structured, clear use of basic climate information to help students build general climate patterns on the planet. Excellent activity for students to gain practice working with data and x-y plots.
- Passed initial science review - expert science review pending.
About the Pedagogy
- Learning is carefully scaffolded so that students understand climate zones and what can be gleaned from analyzing climate data.
- Builds critical thinking skills through making hypotheses before actually doing the activity.
- Includes relevance to agricultural and human health issues.
- Builds quantitative skills and data analysis skills.
- Uses real data.
- Has thoughtful questions and assessment suggestions.
- Conversion of units is addressed.
- Excellent resource with great links to additional materials.
- Direction for addressing diverse students is included.
- This resource engages students in using scientific data.
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