Students compare temperature and precipitation graphs (climatograms) for various U.S. locations to find patterns of geographical influences on climate, then collect data for a location of their choice and create their own climatogram. They examine the impacts of geographical features such as large bodies of water and mountains as well as elevation, latitude and prevailing winds.
Several websites are provided for prevailing winds. The link to the NOAA resource provided in the lesson on page 3 of the teacher’s guide doesn’t work, but it can be found at https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sites/default/files/attachments/wind1996.pdf.
The link to Nationalatlas.gov websites provided on page 4 of the teacher’s guide doesn’t work but the National Geographic link should provide adequate information.
The lesson follows the 5E format. The authors state that the lesson will take two or three 45-minute sessions to complete depending on whether the students find their own data or the teacher provides some of it for them.