This Comparing Temperature and Solar Radiation for Common Latitudes lesson plan also includes:
- Comparing Temperature & Solar Radiation for Common Latitudes (.html)
- Guide to Using Google Forms with My NASA Data
- Student Sheet (Google Doc)
- Student Sheet (Google Form)
- Student Resource Cards (Google Slides)
- Monthly Daytime Land-Surface Temperature
- NASA: Why does the Sun Matter for Earth’s Energy Budget?
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There's snow much to learn! Excited individuals use real-world data to discover how latitude affects the odds of a snow day. Scientists compare latitude, solar radiation, and temperature using NASA data for several locations. Climatologists then analyze graphs and interpret data to answer questions and complete a CER chart before engaging in a follow-up discussion to solidify their understanding of concepts.
- Review provided link for building claims from evidence to allow for skillful completion of the CER portion of activity
- Allow investigators to discuss CER charts with partners to revise and learn collaboratively
- Requires some advance materials preparation
- Assumes participant knowledge of seasons, axial tilt, biomes, energy transfer, weather and climate, and basic map reading skills
- Designed for face-to-face and virtual instruction allowing instructors flexible delivery of material
- Includes extensive teacher background information and supplemental links to assist instruction