THE FROZEN DESERT
Rolf Tremblay Goodman Middle School 3701 38th Ave. NW Gig Harbor, WA 98332 firstname.lastname@example.org
Engagement and Exploration (Student Inquiry Activity)
Explain climate graphs. Display a transparency of a climate graph with some sample data. Challenge the class to explain what the graph shows. Make sure they understand how the precipitation and temperature portions of the graph provide a description of the location’s climate.
Graph and discuss local data. Provide students with access to monthly precipitation and temperature data for your local area (or nearest weather station). Give them a blank climate graph and have them fill it out using local data.
Identify factors that influence temperature and precipitation. Ask students to brainstorm what factors affect the local climate. Discuss these factors. Point out that seasonal differences are important features of the climate.
Graph selected climates. Have each student graph data for another climate. They can get precipitation and temperature information from the internet or use data provided with this activity.
Elaboration (Polar Applications)
Graph the data. Organize students into groups of three. Have each member graph one set of data from Antarctica.
Exchange (Students Draw Conclusions)
Compare and contrast the data from each Antarctic station. Have each group compare the three Antarctic climate graphs. Display the transparency, Map of Antarctica. Have the class discuss why the three locations have such different conditions.
Evaluation (Assessing Student Performance)
For a fun extension that may be used to assess student understanding of climate, pose the question, “What would be your ideal climate?” Have them write a narrative describing the temperature and precipitation that would occur throughout the year. Next, have them create a graph displaying their ideal climate. Finally, have them identify where in the world this climate might exist.