Changing Air Temperatures: Elementary GLOBE Learning Activities
The characters in the Elementary GLOBE storybooks explore the world around them collecting measurements and making observations. Through a variety of learning activities, students can collect weather data to observe changes that occur with the seasons.
Weather Adds Up to Climate
Overview: This activity consists of five parts that occur over the course of a school year. In Part 1 of this activity, students are introduced to different ways to describe weather. In Part 2, students record weather observations each day in bar graphs made out of interlocking plastic cubes. In Part 3, at the end of each month, students summarize the information in bar graphs. In Part 4, at the end of the school year, students use the data they collected to describe the patterns of weather through the year. In Part 5, students compare regions with different patterns of weather (climate).
Students learn how senses and instruments can be used to describe weather and that patterns of weather over a long time are called climate.
NGSS PE K-ESS2-1: Use and share observations of local weather conditions to describe patterns over time. NGSS PE 3-ESS2-1: Represent data in tables and graphical displays to describe typical weather conditions expected during a particular season.
NGSS DCI ESS2-D: Weather and Climate
NGSS Crosscutting Concept: Patterns
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices:
•Analyzing and Interpreting Data
•Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information
•Engaging in an Argument from Evidence
CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.1.MD.C.4 Represent and interpret data.
CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.2.MD.D.10 Represent and interpret data.
CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.3.MD.B.3 Draw a scaled bar graph.
All Year Long
Overview: Students keep a science journal during each of the four seasons. They record observations of the general outdoor environment they visit and then make observations of one specific item from the habitat in each season. At the end of the school year, students will compare their seasonal drawings and share their results with the class.