Using climatograms to determine a region's biome
1 Climatogram Reading Practice
Teacher places examples of climatograms on the board and students have to determine which biome they represent. This is a follow up assessment from prior class learning about specific biome classifications
2 Guided Practice
- Randomly assign students a city from around the world.
- Students use google maps to hypothesize what biome that region is based on latitude and satellite imagery.
- Then students use the attached NOAA to research recent temperature and precipitation data and create their own climatogram.
- Note: To differentiate some of the tech savvy students create their graph in excel or sheets. The rest draw it free hand.
- After graphs are complete, students determine what the biome is based on data and compare to their hypothesized biome.
3 Wrap Up
At the end of the activity, I pose the question of how elevation can affect biome classification, which would be the next topic in the unit.
Key Standards Supported
Earth and Human Activity
Analyze geoscience data and the results from global climate models to make an evidence-based forecast of the current rate of global or regional climate change and associated future impacts to Earth systems.
Analyze geoscience data to make the claim that one change to Earth’s surface can create feedbacks that cause changes to other Earth systems.
Use a model to describe how variations in the flow of energy into and out of Earth's systems result in changes in climate.
Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
Evaluate the claims, evidence, and reasoning that the complex interactions in ecosystems maintain relatively consistent numbers and types of organisms in stable conditions, but changing conditions may result in a new ecosystem.