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Present-Day Climate in Your Community

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So what exactly is climate? This first installment of a six-part series introduces the concept of climate using real-world data tables and topographic maps. The timely lesson includes a comprehensive overview of climate, as well as further activities and topics for research.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Use parts of the lesson as an independent in-class assignment, or as a homework assignment
Classroom Considerations
  • Topographic maps of two areas are needed for some parts of the lesson, so be sure these are available
  • Part C of the lesson has class members designing and conducting an experiment; be sure that materials are available if using this part of the lesson
Pros
  • Includes data tables for various cities in the US on different aspects of climate
  • Furthers understanding of an important topic that is the center of current events and discussions/debates
Cons
  • Cities are listed in some of the climate data tables but not in others
  • Directions reference an EarthComm notebook
  • Document permissions do not allow for printing