NASA S'COOL Lesson: Comparing Rainfall

This lesson has students measure, track, and compare rainfall amounts at their home, at their school, and local area over a period of time by constructing their own rain gauges. Instructor plots their collected data on a community map, and students graph and compare data between different locations.

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Verna Jones
National Aeronautics and Space Administration

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Requires that the teacher print out a large map of the school and community, or display on a white board/smart board so that the teacher can add rain fall amounts to the map.

This lesson measures rainfall (or could be adapted to other precipitation), so teacher will need to consider the local weather forecast for that period of time.

A student data spreadsheet and rubric are included as links in the lesson.