Mini Lesson

Interpreting a Graph of Surface Temperature of Urban Areas

Mini Lesson

Review the Urban Heat Island Profile graph below showing surface temperatures taken from different types of communities.

Urban Heat Island Image

  1. Identify which community (rural, suburban, urban) has the highest surface temperatures and explain why.   
  2. Identify which community (rural, suburban, urban) would have the lowest surface temperatures and explain why.  
  3. In what kind of community do you live in? Describe the surface temperature of your neighborhood by comparing it with other parts of your community. 

Teacher Note

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