Hurricane Dynamics: Learning Activities
Each of the GLOBE protocols has a set of learning activities to help students learn more about the instruments and procedures for the measurements, the content associated with the protocol and ways students and scientists can use the data that is being collected.
- Students gain an understanding of GLOBE specifications for the instrument shelter and perform a guided inquiry project.
- Students gain an understanding that heat transfer occurs by radiation,conduction and radiation.
Overview: Students draw a visualization based either on their interests and ideas about the world or based on actual GLOBE data. Students are asked to justify the design choices they make and to interpret the visualizations of their peers.
- Visual models help us analyze and interpret data
- Geographic visualizations help organize information about places, environments, and people
Overview: Students use the GLOBE Student Data Archive and visualizations to display current temperatures on a map of the world. They explore the patterns in the temperature map, looking especially for differences between the Northern and Southern Hemispheres, and between equatorial regions and high latitudes. Then students zoom in for a closer look at a region which has a high density of student reporting stations (such as US and Europe). They examine temperature maps for the region, from four dates during the past year (the solstices and equinoxes). Students compare and contrast the patterns in these maps, looking for seasonal patterns. At the end of the activity, students discuss the relative merits of different types of data displays: data tables, graphs and maps.
- Summarize the effect of latitude, elevation, and geography on global temperature patterns
- Explore local and regional seasonal variations
- Heat energy is transferred by conduction, convection and radiation
- Sun is a major source of energy for changes on the Earth’s surface
- The sun is the major source of energy at Earth’s surface
Overview: Students observe cloud type and coverage and weather conditions over a five-day period and correlate these observations. Students make and test predictions using these observations.
- Weather changes from day to day and over the seasons.
- Clouds affect weather and climate.
- Clouds help us to understand and predict the weather.
Overview: While monsoons are not the same as hurricanes, they are associated with some of the same vector borne illnesses. This activity may be of interest. In this activity, students consider the impacts of monsoon rainfall patterns on human health, utilizing precipitation data from a GLOBE school in Benin.
Apply knowledge about health hazards to determine how and why meningitis, cholera, and malaria outbreaks are affected by patterns of monsoon rainfall
- Science Concepts
- Earth Systems Science
- Weather and Climate
- Life Science
- Human Health
- Earth Systems Science
- Science Practices
- Analyzing and interpreting data
- Constructing explanations
- Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information