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How do seasonal temperature patterns vary among different regions of the world?

GLOBE Program

In this activity, students use the GLOBE Student Data Archive and visualizations to explore changes in regional and seasonal temperature patterns.

Activity takes about three 45-minute class periods.

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Climate Literacy

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Excellence in Environmental Education Guidelines

1. Questioning, Analysis and Interpretation Skills:G) Drawing conclusions and developing explanations
Other materials addressing:
G) Drawing conclusions and developing explanations.
1. Questioning, Analysis and Interpretation Skills:C) Collecting information
Other materials addressing:
C) Collecting information.
2. Knowledge of Environmental Processes and Systems:2.1 The Earth as a Physical System:A) Processes that shape the Earth
Other materials addressing:
A) Processes that shape the Earth.
2. Knowledge of Environmental Processes and Systems:2.1 The Earth as a Physical System:C) Energy
Other materials addressing:
C) Energy.

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Teaching Tips | Science | Pedagogy | Technical Details

Teaching Tips

  • 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 in the GLOBE program Teacher's Guide http://www.globe.gov/do-globe/globe-teachers-guide.

About the Content

  • Activity looks especially for differences between the Northern and Southern Hemispheres, between equatorial regions and high latitudes, and seasonal patterns. Activity also includes considering the relative merits of different types of data displays: data tables, graphs and maps.

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.
  • While the material stresses the importance of engagement, it does not give teachers engaging activities for getting student involvement.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • Resource has no direct link to GLOBE web based data system or data, where the wealth of background information and data is available. Find it at http://www.globe.gov/globe-data.
Entered the Collection: February 2012 Last Reviewed: October 2016

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