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Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
Activity takes about 3-4 classroom periods with several weeks for students to work on project assignment. Students need access to computers.Discuss this Resource»
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Other materials addressing:
C) Collecting information.
Other materials addressing:
A) Processes that shape the Earth.
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Teaching Tips | Science | Pedagogy |
- Students will need help finding interview subjects and more time practicing their interviewing skills than the activity suggests.
- Educators should start out teaching about climate variability over relatively small distances.
- Educators may have to use climographs for their areas to identify comparable weather stations with long term temperature and precipitation records.
- There are other sources for local historical weather data that vary from community to community. Look for a more complete local historical record online.
- The assessment ideas suggest comparing 30-year records of temperature and precipitation in arctic cities to local cities. Include this assessment - it will strengthen the scientific understanding of the topic.
- Resource from the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) may provide a more complete learning experience than this resource (listed in the reference list.) Educators may find that the UCS resource helpful in in improving this activity.
About the Science
- Activity teaches how to relate qualitative survey results to quantitative data sets.
- Students are asked to take mean weather data from the closest city to them. But there are only a few US cities tracked on the NOAA website and the closest one may not have data representative of their area. Educator may need to supplement weather data from other sources.
- Students interview long time community residents, analyze and interpret survey data and historic weather records.
Technical Details/Ease of Use
- Easy to follow lesson plan - all materials including worksheets and educator guide are easily accessible.
- Students will need access to a computer and may need help downloading data.
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- This activity is part of a larger collection. The parent pages to this activity can be found under http://forces.si.edu/arctic/05_00_00.html.
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