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In this explore and explain sequence, students map North American deserts and then analyze average temperatures to draw conclusions about the impact of latitude on temperature. Students then design and carry out an investigation using a simulation to answer the question, Why does latitude affect temperature? A follow-up demo/simple lab reinforces student understanding of the impact on temperature of the angle at which solar energy hits the Earth. Finally, students read a short text and compile the evidence they have collected to explain the differences in temperatures of North American deserts.
This activity is part of the middle school unit Organisms and Their Environments. If you are interested in the complete unit, you can find additional activities at iExploreScience on TeachersPayTeachers or in the sample resource library of the Science Teacher Tribe Course + Community.
This activity is part of a complete unit that builds towards these standards:
MS-LS2-1 Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on organisms and populations of organisms in an ecosystem.
MS-LS2-2 Construct an explanation that predicts patterns of interactions among organisms across multiple ecosystems.
MS-ESS2-4 Develop a model to describe the cycling of water through Earth's systems driven by energy from the sun and the force of gravity.
MS-ESS2-5 Collect data to provide evidence for how the motions and complex interactions of air masses result in changes in weather conditions.
MS-ESS2-6 Develop and use a model to describe how unequal heating and rotation of the Earth cause patterns of atmospheric and oceanic circulation that determine regional climates.
5E Model Phase: Explore, Explain
>> Students will organize and analyze data to draw conclusions about temperature differences of North American deserts.
>> Students will carry out an investigation using an online simulation to answer the question, Why does latitude affect temperature?
>> Students will explain the differences in temperature of North American deserts using what they have learned about latitude and solar output.
>> I can organize and analyze data to draw conclusions about North American deserts.
>> I can carry out an investigation to collect data that will help me explain temperature differences in North American deserts.
>> I can explain the differences in the temperatures of North American deserts.
Science and Engineering Practices:
Analyzing and Interpreting Data
Planning and Carrying Out Investigations
This activity is a part of the complete middle school unit, Organisms and Their Environments. This activity launches the next instructional sequence in the unit that focuses on the factors that affect regional climate.
If you are interested in the complete Organisms and Their Environments unit, you can find the relevant activities at iExploreScience on TeachersPayTeachers or in the sample resource library at the Science Teacher Tribe. When complete, you can view the complete unit storyline at .
Teacher Guide (10 pages)
Student Activity Sheets (8 pages)
Class Task Sheets (1 pages)
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