Ohio Sea Grant, Ohio State University
Activity takes one to two 50-minute class periods.Learn more about Teaching Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness»
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Teaching Tips | Science | Pedagogy |
- The activity may be best for younger students or those with weak backgrounds in data and graphing.
- The activity could be adapted for local data from anywhere. In the activity sheet the link for the US Historical Climatology Network guides students to find local data.
- The National Climate Assessment is another good source for local and regional temperature anomaly data.
About the Content
- This is an activity that incorporates global and local (Great Lakes) datasets of temperature anomalies.
- Students are encouraged to explore temporal and spatial scale, look for trends, and draw conclusions from the graphs they create using global and local temperature anomaly data from the Great Lakes Region.
- Comments from expert scientist: A good exercise in recognizing temperature variability from year to year.
About the Pedagogy
- The activity is well-structured to have groups of students graph 26-year periods of historical temperature anomaly data. Students are then asked to make predictions about how they would expect short-term trends to continue into the future. Students then combine their graphs to examine trends over a longer time scale and assess the value of long-term data for increasing predictability of trends.
- Teacher and Student version of the activity are provided.
- This resource engages students in using scientific data.
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Technical Details/Ease of Use
- The teacher guide is very helpful with suggestions for use in the classroom.
- Activity is in pdf form with all data, answer sheets, and answer key provided. This is a good activity for a low-tech classroom as no computers are needed.
- Note that Climate Literacy Principles indicated on the activity front page are incorrect (the text is more or less correct but the Literacy numbers are incorrect)