Two lessons incorporating technology.
Using Google Sheets To Analyze Altitude of Sun vs. Climate
Developmental Activity - The teacher will supply instructions for accessing NOAA's climate database and acquiring climate data for any city. Each student will choose their own city, and acquire monthly temperatures for the past 30 years. Students will also follow instructions to create an automated spreadsheet that calculates the altitude of the Sun throughout the year in their city. Students will compile all of this data into one spreadsheet, and use the data to graph the altitude of the sun and temperature over the past 30 years.
Conclusion - The teacher will call upon students, asking them what conclusions they have found throughout the period. The teacher will ask the student to support their conclusion with their graphs.
Support Synopsis For Lesson 1
Using Google Slides and Google Sheets To Present Climate Data vs. Carbon Dioxide Concentration
Developmental Activity - Students will build on their use of Google Sheets to collect climate data from NOAA at various areas in the world, this time over the past 100 years. They will also gather global carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere. Students will build a graph that shows the relationship between the two. Students will then build a presentation about how global warming might affect their particular area of the world, and if their area proves or disproves the concept of global warming.
Conclusion - The teacher will allow students to present their findings to the class.