Project 3: Weather/Climate Characteristics of
Different Places Around the World

  General Information

Lead Teacher(s): Lynda Morgan
(ldmorgan@calvin.stemnet.nf.ca)

Garry Romaine
(gfrmain@calvin.stemnet.nf.ca)

School: Musgravetown Regional High School
P.O. Box 33
Musgravetown, NF
A0C 1Z0
Tel: (709) 467-2717
Grade Level: Level I
Number of Students: 2 Groups of 29
Project Start and Finish Dates: Nov. 3 - Nov. 7, 1997

  Project Overview

We will study the weather/climate characteristics of different places around the world. Students will work in pairs and check the daily weather conditions for an assigned city. The temperature and sky conditions will be recorded. A description of the city including latitude, elevation, terrain and bodies of water near that particular city will also be studied. Each group will also be asked to predict the weather prior to recording it. A poster will be completed at the end of the week. This poster will include a table of the week's weather conditions, a description of the city, and a sketched map showing the location of the city. A follow up to this project is that students will be asked to compare the various cities to determine the effect of each of the following:

  1. latitude
  2. elevation
  3. terrain
  4. bodies of water

  Curriculum Connections

Main Curriculum Areas:

  1. Science 1216
  2. Geography 1202

Our school is encouraging an increase use of computers within our curriculum. An attempt is also being made at integrating topics within different curriculum areas. This project has addressed both of these objectives.

Intended Learning Outcomes:

  1. Describe the effect of latitude on climate.
  2. Describe the effect of elevation on climate.
  3. Describe the effect of terrain on climate.
  4. Describe the effect of bodies of water on climate.
  5. Analyze geographical data for a given time span and predict future weather conditions.

  Resource Connections

Benefits of Stellar School Internet Connection:

The Internet connection will enable us to access current information not readily available from traditional sources.

Other Resources:

  1. Science 1216 Textbook
  2. Geography 1202 Textbook
  3. World Atlas
  4. Corel Word Perfect for drawing tables and writing descriptions

  Evaluation

Learning Outcomes Checklist:

  1. Use the computer to obtain correct information.
  2. Use an atlas to obtain necessary information.
  3. Describe the effect of latitude, elevation, terrain, and bodies of water on climate.
  4. Predict weather based on geographical information.

Note: These objectives will be evaluated using

  1. Teacher observation in use of computer.
  2. Poster which will be presented upon completion of the project.
  3. A unit test which will include questions related to the project work.

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