Investigating Climate Change Using Observed Temperature Data

In this activity, students download historic temperature datasets and then graph and compare with different locations. As an extension, students can download and examine data sets for other sites to compare the variability of changes at different distinct locations, and it is at this stage where learning can be individualized and very meaningful.

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Carla McAuliffe
Earth Exploration Toolbook, TERC

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Teaching Tips

This is a great tool for teaching Excel as a tool, accessing important real-time data, and creating awareness about changing climate conditions.

Students should work in small groups.

Undergraduate: Appropriate in lab and as homework

High School: Appropriate as a way to access real-time data and teach the finer points of Excel; however, a jumping off point for real in-depth investigations.

Middle School: Teacher would need to create the Excel graphs and ask students to interpret. In this case, the resource is a tutorial for the teacher not a lesson for the students.

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