National Center for Atmospheric Research
Activity takes about three class periods and daily measurements throughout a school year. Some additional graphing and measuring materials are needed.Learn more about Teaching Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness»
This Activity builds on the following concepts of Climate Literacy.
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Excellence in Environmental Education Guidelines
Other materials addressing:
A) Processes that shape the Earth.
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Teaching Tips | Science | Pedagogy |
- Student groups need to be motivated to do the measurements correctly and reliably over the defined period.
- Students need to collect data in a consistent manner each day (approximately the same time and place) to get the best results.
- Students (or teacher) could make up their own data collection sheet allowing them to decide what climate variables they want to record.
- Depending on teacher's background or comfort level with the science, this activity may require a significant amount of advanced preparation.
About the Science
- Very well-organized field-based activity that engages students in collection of weather data, graphing of the data, researching climate data and understanding the differences between weather and climate.
- Teacher may want to specify that the official definition of climate is weather averaged over a 30-year period.
About the Pedagogy
- Three class periods (of 45 min) to prepare students, plus time for taking measurements.
- Very flexible activity that lists different ways of how activity can be incorporated in lessons, varied assessment strategies, and good background information for the teachers.
- Data collection, graphing the results, and discussion will engage students of different learning styles.
- This resource engages students in using scientific data.
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