Maps, Graphs, and Data

Changing Air Temperatures

Global Air Temps

Purpose:  Consider using this mini-lesson during the last 10 minutes of the class period/lesson to assess students formative learning. 

Directions: For this mini-lesson, have students write the commentary for the NASA video on global temperatures from 1880 to 2017. Instruct students to explain what is occurring in this video.

Options for scaffolding:

  • Depending on what you talked about during the day, you can narrow down the portion of the video student should make commentary on to only 20 seconds.

  • You can show the full video then provide students with three pictures that they need to provide commentary too. You can give each group the same three pictures or you can divide up the video so as a class you create the full commentary for the video.

  • Depending on the age of your students, you can choose to not provide an example of commentary.

Mini Lesson



Example commentary for the first part of the video:

The first year data is seen is 1884. In this year we can see the area of Iceland is colder than normal, represented by a dark hue of blue. Simultaneously, West African countries like Guinea, Senegal, and Liberia were experiences a period of warmer than normal weather. Areas that are warmer than normal are represented in the video with a light yellow color than intensifies to a deep red color. The period of extreme warmth over west Africa continues until about 1947 when it disappears for around a couple decades until it reappears in 1982. The period of extreme warm weather continues throughout the rest of the video. Since this period of weather is longer than 30 years it would indicate this area now experiences climate that is warmer.