Climate Change or Climate Variability: Making Sense of U.S. Temperature and Precipitation Data

This Climate Change or Climate Variability: Making Sense of U.S. Temperature and Precipitation Data lesson plan also includes:

Is climate change real or fake news? Scholars use provided temperature and precipitation data to identify whether climate is changing. They consider the effect of changing climate on agriculture and the environment. 

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Instructional Ideas

  • Assign each group a different data set to analyze, especially if time is a factor
Classroom Considerations

  • Graph paper is necessary for the activity
  • Learners should have basic data analysis experience
  • The second lesson of the series on weather and climate
Pros

  • Provides data sets and graphs so no additional research is necessary
  • Real-world data makes the activity relevant and more interesting
Cons

  • None