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Temperature Profile above the South Pole
Collecting and understanding data is a big part of understanding the world and how it changes. To better grasp what temperatures are changing and how they affect global populations, learners create a graph based on the date provided. They conduct a graphic analysis to see how temperatures in the troposphere are decreasing while temperatures in the stratosphere are increasing. To conclude the lesson, each child composes a story or narrative that describes the relationship of the data graphed and analyzed, and also its implications.
New! Using Vegetation, Precipitation, and Surface Temperature to Study Climate Zones
Using NASA's Live Access Server, earth scientists compare the temperature, precipitation, and normalized difference vegetation index for four different locations. They use the data to identify the climate zone of each location using the Koppen climate classification system. This is an excellent exploration for those studying climate and weather.
Temperatures in degrees Fahrenheit and Celsius
Learners investigate the relationship between the Fahrenheit and Celsius temperature scales. Given two data points, they construct a linear function to describe the relationship, find the inverse of the function, and make observations about function values in the context of the problem. The exercise is easily adaptable for either instruction or assessment.
Which is colder -12 or -18? Temperature is natural real-world application of ordering rational numbers. It's also fun to talk about the lowest recorded temperature on Earth. Take the time to discuss this inquiry with your class.
Temperature and Tracking Weather
Fourth graders discuss, describe and track weather by utilizing a variety of measurable quantities as temperature, wind speed, wind direction, cloud conditions and precipitation. They assess, through experiments and practicing, how to forecast weather conditions. In addition, they study how to read a thermometer accurately and graph temperatures on a line graph.
Twenty-two efficient slides comprise this presentation. Viewers will compare the Fahrenheit, Celsius, and Kelvin temperature scales. They will convert temperatures from one scale to another. Learning check slides with their solutions are included. Follow this PowerPoint with hands-on practice using thermometers and converting their measurements. It is appropriate for use with any science laboratory course.
Eighth graders explore how to read a thermometer. They convert temperature between Celsius, Fahrenheit and Kelvin. Students explain that Celsius is used in the Scientific community and Fahrenheit is used basically only in the United States
Impact of Climate Change on Chinook Salmon
If your kids already know something about the water cycle, life cycle of salmon, and climate change, then they're ready to participate in an activity that explores Chinook salmon of the Pacific Northwest. They read an article and a case study, then discuss the potential or actual impact of climate change on the Chinook salmon. They examine POD cycles and create graphs that show changes in salmon populations due to increases in sea temperatures. The final assessment activity requires them to make short presentations using both their graphs and their evidence, which they obtained from their readings.
Make Your Own Temperature Scale
Differentiate between temperature and thermal energy. Your class will build a thermometer using simple materials and develop their own scale for measuring temperature. Discuss with your class and consider why engineers need to understand the properties of thermal energy.
Surface Air Temperature Trends of the Caribbean
Students use real satellite data to determine the changes in near-surface air temperature at different times of the year over the Caribbean Sea. They discover how Earth's tilt causes seasonal differences in incoming solar energy. They explore satellite data to investigate the near surface air temperature.
Students conduct an experiment using the steps of the scientific method. In this scientific method lesson, students experiment with temperature and record their findings using the scientific method. Students complete a data sheet based on their experiment.
Changing Planet: Rising Ocean Temperatures - Rising Sea Levels
As an anticipatory set, young environmental technicians watch a video about how ocean temperatures seem to be changing along with the global climate. They perform a laboratory demonstration with the purpose of observing what happens to water as it warms. Resource links, plenty of background information, and a student worksheet are provided in this thoughtful resource, appropriate for middle school earth science classes.
Telling the Temperature
Young meteorologists keep track of the daily high temperatures for five consecutive days. They utilize a worksheet embedded in the plan to create a bar graph showing each of the daily temperatures. This worksheet could almost be considered a lesson plan; it's very good!
Students understand that temperatures in Alaska can be negative numbers. In this temperature lesson, students recognize the temperatures above and below zero. Students compare temperatures using the greater than and less than signs. students look at weather words from Alaska. Students complete a worksheet recording temperatures.
Excel temperature Graphs
Learners gather data about the weather in Nome, Alaska. In this Nome Temperature lesson plan, students create an excel graph to explore the weather trends in Nome. Learners will find the average weather and add a trend line to their graph.
Using Vegetation, Precipitation, and Surface Temperature to Study Climate Zones
Students begin their examination of the climate zones found around the world. Using a software program, they identify the relationship between the vegetation, climate and temperatures of the different zones. They also plot coordinates using latitude and longitude.
The Effects of Light and Temperature on the Growth and Development of Plants
Students investigate the effects of light and temperature on plant growth and development. In this plant growth lesson plan, students use radish plants and cover them with different shades of green and red transparencies and observe their growth over the course of 10-15 days in comparison to plants kept in the dark.
Passport to Comprehension Card 9: Temperature Conversions
A colorful "Math Card" provides a reading passage on the Fahrenheit and Celsius temperature scales. Instructions are given for converting from one to another. There are before, during, and after reading questions to answer either in writing or in a class discussion. Instructions for two different approaches for teaching this lesson are given to you as a teacher. One focuses on asking questions, while the other uses mental images. With each, there are further suggestions for differentiation. Use this as an introduction to temperature conversion.
Winter Schoolyard Soil and Air Temperature
Fifth graders take measurements of soil and air temperature. They distinguish between temperature in Celsius and Fahrenheit. They connect soil temperature with the habitat, snow cover, and plant cover. They make connections between soil and air temperature.
In this temperature worksheet, students color a thermometer to depict the given temperature. They then compare, contrast temperatures and answer given thinking questions. There are approximately 20 questions on this one-page worksheet. An answer key is included.