Bring your weather and climate unit to life with this fun, 5 day project! With this resource, you will have everything you need guide your students through this NGSS, student centered investigation on of a city of their choice.
Students will gain a real world perspective on how the latitude, global winds, and ocean currents affect the climate of a coastal area.
This investigation is in 5 parts:
- Choose a city and determine it’s latitude
- Research and summarize the city’s climate
- Research and model (using a provided map template) the ocean currents that neighbor the city
- Answer summary questions about how the uneven heating of the Earth creates ocean currents and how the currents which neighbor your city create the climate of the city
- Research and model (using a provided map template) the global winds that overlap with the city
- Answer summary questions about how the uneven heating of the Earth creates global winds and how the winds which neighbor your city create the climate of the city
- Write a concluding paragraph about how latitude, ocean currents, and winds create the climate of the city.
Who is this resource for?
This resource can be used by classroom teachers, tutors, and parents of students in grades 6-9. It comprehensively covers the topics mentioned, and provides opportunities for student responses which can be implemented in a whole group lesson or assigned for homework. Ideal for classrooms with internet access and student devices.
Purchase includes a printable PDF file in color. On page 2 of this resource you will find a link to a student friendly Google Slide version of this file. You will be able to copy this file and use it with Google Classroom or any other paperless initiative.
Project intro and rubric are included.
Please take a look at the preview file to see more of this resource!
This resource is aligned with the following NGSS standards:
MS-ESS2-6. Develop and use a model to describe how unequal heating and rotation of the Earth cause patterns of atmospheric and oceanic circulation that determine regional climates.
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