Case Study: Climate Systems - Which Location Is Best For Me?

Timeline: 2 class sessions

Marine Biology students at Trinity Catholic High School in Ocala, Florida, used these online resources to understand climate systems. They used the extensive information on the included Web sites to research the difference between weather and climate and the various types of climate systems. From their research they created a climatic preference report.

In the first class session students used NOAA’s JetStream Web site to research various climate systems. Students used provided maps to determine temperature and precipitation of various locations in the United States. The students spent one 45-minute class period working in groups and collecting data on climates. This information included:

  • Climate Category
  • Latitude
  • Climate Features
  • Mean Temperature
  • Mean Precipitation

After students collected information from the Web site, they worked again in groups and spent the next class period on a climatic report. The students used the information from the Web site to graph temperature and precipitation and determine climate preference. Students completed their project by using critical-thinking skills to report on the various climates they would like to relocate to. After the assignment was completed, group members evaluated each other’s participation in the project.

These online resources gave students the opportunity to further expand their knowledge of climate systems. Through their research and construction of a climate preference report, all students were able to fully explain the difference between weather and climate and understand the factors that differentiate climate zones. The NOAA JetStream Web site and other online resources were excellent supplements to our curriculum, surpassing the information included in our textbook.

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