This resource is about the urban heat island effect. Students access student-collected surface temperature data provided through the GLOBE program and analyze the data with My World GIS.
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Step-by-step approach is good for many students.
Teachers will have to spend time familiarizing themselves with each step of this activity before having the students start.
Teachers could also download program and data before class to save time.
Students can disaggregate the data in a variety of ways -- by city size, latitude, location, ground cover type, etc.
Scaffolding includes a sample of a completed report for students and teachers to use as a model.
Students develop their skills by learning how to import real student data into a GIS and manipulate/display it to investigate features of the data.
This is, however, a recipe exercise with little real inquiry - just comprehension questions along the way. There are some extension exercises at the very end.
Activity can't be completed without MyWorld GIS. Although there is a free trial, this may be difficult to download depending on the capacity of computers being used. Also the teachers would need enough computers to carry out this activity, which would take several days, either in a computer lab or in their classroom. Neither of these options may be available to teachers.