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Learning to Use Visualizations (an example with elevation and temperature) DLESE Reviewed Collection
The purpose of this activity is to introduce students to visualizations as a tool for scientific problem-solving, using elevation and temperature as an example. Students color in visualizations of elevation and temperature so that important patterns in the data become evident. The relationship between the two quantities is studied by using them to compute the lapse rate, the rate at which temperature falls with increasing elevation. Intended outcomes are that students can identify and communicate important patterns in a dataset by drawing a visualization, can begin to interpret those patterns, and can analyze the correlation between two variables using visualization as a tool.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Classroom activity
    • Guide for instructor
Subject:
  • Atmospheric science
  • Environmental science
  • Geographical Sciences:
    • Human geography
Technical requirements:
Adobe Acrobat reader
Netscape browser
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
For science/educational use consistent with the methodologies of the GLOBE Program.
DLESE Catalog ID: GLOBE-30
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • 5-8:
      • Unifying concepts and processes:
        • Evidence, models, and explanation
      • A - Science as inquiry:
        • Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
        • Understanding about scientific inquiry
    • 9-12:
      • Unifying concepts and processes:
        • Evidence, models, and explanation
      • A - Science as inquiry:
        • Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
        • Understandings about scientific inquiry
  • National Geography Standards:
    • The world in spatial terms:
      • How to analyze the spatial organization of people, places, and environments on Earth's surface
      • How to use maps and other geographic representations, tools, and technologies to acquire, process, and report information
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Author: UCAR (University Corporation for Atmospheric Research)
The GLOBE Program
http://www.globe.gov/