Arkive: Places (Comparing Climates) (Phenomenon)

Contributor
Wildscreen
Type Category
Instructional Materials
Types
Animation/Movie , Image/Image Set , Phenomenon
Note
This resource, vetted by NSTA curators, is provided to teachers along with suggested modifications to make it more in line with the vision of the NGSS. While not considered to be “fully aligned,” the resources and expert recommendations provide teachers with concrete examples and expert guidance using the EQuIP rubric to adapted existing resources. Read more here.

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Description

Using the Places page on the Arkive website, students can observe vibrant photos and videos of several different climate locations throughout the world.  These resources will spark student questions about climate and why climates are so different. For instance, students will be able to compare visuals of a polar climate (Antarctica), a tropical climate (Atlantic forest, South America), and a temperate climate (Eastern deciduous forest, USA). The photos and videos can be used to introduce students to the concept of climate, illustrate the similarities and differences in climates around the world, or help them visualze the effects climates have on organisms. 

Intended Audience

Educator and learner
Educational Level
  • Upper Elementary
Language
English
Access Restrictions

Free access - The right to view and/or download material without financial, registration, or excessive advertising barriers.

Performance Expectations

3-ESS2-2 Obtain and combine information to describe climates in different regions of the world.

Clarification Statement: none

Assessment Boundary: none

This resource was not designed to build towards this performance expectation, but can be used to build towards it using the suggestions provided below.

Comments about Including the Performance Expectation
The photos and videos provide qualitative data that students can use to describe climates of different regions of the world. Small groups of students could be assigned to become experts on specific climate regions, recording data in their notebooks. Then groups could share with one another and ultimately the whole class could compile a class chart. The teacher might then facilitate a science talk around the question: What are the similarities/differences between different climate regions?

Science and Engineering Practices

This resource was not designed to build towards this science and engineering practice, but can be used to build towards it using the suggestions provided below.

Comments about Including the Science and Engineering Practice
The videos and images on the website could be used as a hook to spark questions and identify cause and effect relationships. For example, students might wonder what causes climates to be different. This could lead to an investigation of the effects of location on climate. Or they might notice differences in plant life in different climates and wonder about the effects of climate on living things.

This resource was not designed to build towards this science and engineering practice, but can be used to build towards it using the suggestions provided below.

Comments about Including the Science and Engineering Practice
As noted above, the teacher may assign student groups a certain climate to investigate, or have students compare climates. Alternatively, students could compare a distant climate with their own. After viewing videos and photos, students could be asked to make observations and generate questions to guide their investigations. Students should combine information from Arkive with other reliable resources. See related NSTA resources: maps from NASA (https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/GlobalMaps/?eocn=topnav&eoci=globalmaps) or National Geographic (http://ngss.nsta.org/Resource.aspx?ResourceID=682).

Disciplinary Core Ideas

This resource was not designed to build towards this disciplinary core idea, but can be used to build towards it using the suggestions provided below.

Comments about Including the Disciplinary Core Idea
Although this website provides only brief snapshots of weather conditions, students will be able to combine resources from Arkive with other sources to describe an area’s climate.

Crosscutting Concepts

This resource was not designed to build towards this crosscutting concept, but can be used to build towards it using the suggestions provided below.

Comments about Including the Crosscutting Concept
If prompted, students may be able to identify patterns in global climate. For example, it is colder near the poles. Temperate climates have warm summers followed by cold winters. Or they may identify patterns in plant and animal life. For example, plants are typically larger in places with more rainfall. Students could be asked to apply what they learn about specific climate regions to predict what the weather might be like there in certain seasons.

Resource Quality

  • Alignment to the Dimensions of the NGSS: -none-

  • Instructional Supports: -none-

  • Monitoring Student Progress: -none-

  • Quality of Technological Interactivity: -none-