If You Can't Predict the Weather, How Can You Predict the Climate?

This If You Can't Predict the Weather, How Can You Predict the Climate? activity & project also includes:

Why is the weather man wrong so often? Young climatologists discover how chaos rules both weather and climate through a math-based activity. Using an iterative equation, the class examines how small day-to-day weather events total up to big changes in Earth's climate.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Have individuals make up their own description of the relationship between weather, climate, and chaos
  • Use the activity as a lead-in to a climate research project
Classroom Considerations

  • Pair pupils to shorten the activity
  • Consider arranging time in the computer lab to have the class complete the calculations using a spreadsheet
Pros

  • The activity is a great tool for exploring the Cross-Cutting Concept of Patterns as they relate to weather and climate
  • Instructions are clearly written and easy to follow, even for learners with little experience in iterative equations
Cons

  • None