Normal Climate Patterns

This activity develops students' understanding of climate by having them make in-depth examinations of historical climate patterns using both graphical and map image formats rather than presenting a general definition of climate. Students explore local climate in order to inform a pen pal what type of weather to expect during an upcoming visit. Students generate and explore a variety of graphs, charts, and map images and interpret them to develop an understanding of climate.

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Betsy Youngman
LuAnn Dahlman
Earthlabs from TERC
Activity takes two 50-minute class periods. Computer access for each student group is necessary.

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The activity has clear directions on how to access local data.

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