Analyzing Surface Air Temperatures by Latitude: Student Activity

Explore global temperatures from the comfort of your learning place! Meteorologists analyze surface temperatures and anomalies across different latitudes. Investigators evaluate graphs to find temperature differences and answer questions that require them to draw conclusions about data.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Display map and graph for use during whole group instruction
  • Allow participants to work with partners for a collaborative learning experience
  • Have group members research mean temperatures and anomalies for a city of their choice in each zone
Classroom Considerations
  • Prepare copies of mini-lesson ahead of time
  • Includes clearly defined vocabulary, making content accessible for learners
  • Provides an opportunity for a quick mapping/geography review 
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