World Weather

Purpose:

To relate science to the world outside of school and use data management to communicate the results of an investigation.

Time:

1 class period, about 45 minutes
10 minutes a day for a five-day period to gather additional data for graphing

Materials:

  • Atlas, or geography textbooks
  • Daily weather forecast from a newspaper
  • Graphing paper

The Lesson:

  1. Ask student to take out their newspaper weather reports collected in Lesson #1.
  2. Using the temperature chart for cities around the world, ask students to choose a city in a climate where extreme temperatures have an impact on how people live. Encourage students to look for a city in the Arctic, Africa or Middle East.
  3. On graph paper students will record the daily temperatures. It is recommended that recordings take place for a minimum of 5 days.
  4. When the graphs are complete, ask students to research and report on the adaptations humans have made to live in extreme temperatures (clothing, housing, food, transportation, and lifestyle). Students who choose a city in the Southern Hemisphere may also address the issue of season differences between the Northern and Southern Hemisphere.
  5. Ask student to share their findings with the class.
  6. Students will hand in a copy of their temperature graph, as well as their climate report.

Evaluation:

Check written and verbal reports for understanding of key concepts. If you are linking this activity with a math lesson on data management, mark the graph for accuracy.