GLOBE Connections

Hurricane Dynamics: Learning Activities

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.

Land, Water and Air

Overview: To help students understand that land and water heat and cool at different rates and that the properties of soil and water influence the heating of air above them.Land, Water and Air Page 1

Student Outcomes:

  • 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.

Draw Your Own Visualization Data Literacy Cube Map Icon

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.

Student Outcomes: Draw Your Own Visualization Page 1

  • Visual models help us analyze and interpret data 
  • Geographic visualizations help organize information about places, environments, and people         

How do Seasonal Temperature Patterns Vary Among Different Regions of the World? Data Literacy Cube Data Icon Data Literacy Cube Graph Icon Data Literacy Cube Map Icon

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 dataHow Do Seasonal Temperature Patterns Vary Among Different Regions of the World? displays: data tables, graphs and maps.

Student Outcomes:

  • 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

Cloud Watch

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.

Student Outcomes:Cloud Watch Page 1

  • Weather changes from day to day and over the seasons.
  • Clouds affect weather and climate.
  • Clouds help us to understand and predict the weather.

Monsoons and Health: A GLOBE Data Exploration  Data Literacy Cube Graph IconData Literacy Cube Map Icon

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.

Student Outcomes: Monsoons and Health Learning Activity

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
      • Seasons
    • Life Science
      • Human Health
  • Science Practices
    • Analyzing and interpreting data
    • Constructing explanations
    • Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information