Student Internet investigation or "webquest" that explores the subject of Earth's climate, climate types and climate changes.
The activity is divided into three parts. Part one investigates how climate is defined and how latitude affects climates. Part two explores the Koppen climate classification system, genetic mutations and traits, and how organisms adapt to environmental changes. Part three discusses the seasons, short and long-term climate causes and effects, and the difference between global warming and climate change. The latest links containing images and data are presented as well for these topics. I use this computer lab activity for my Earth/Space class as part of the Unit VI "Climate" review but it can also be used as a high school level webquest review or as an introduction to the subjects. (Some students will finish the activity within one class period but generally it will take about an hour to complete.)
This activity as well as PowerPoint lessons, worksheets, review programs and assessments can be found under the Earth/Space Complete Unit VI "Climate" zip file folder.
Terms/concepts in this activity include:
climate, weather patterns, latitude, Tropic of Cancer, Tropic of Capricorn, equator, arctic circle, Antarctic circle, tropics, temperate zones, polar zones, climate factors, ocean currents, Gulf stream, surface currents, mountain climates, rain shadows, leeward side, windward side, heat island effect, climatologists, Koppen Classification System, climate groups, climate types, species adaptations, structural adaptations, behavioral adaptations, traits, DNA mutations, extinctions, climate change, hibernation, estivation, seasons, Earth's tilt, solar radiation, El Nino, La Nina, short term climate change, climate change, ice ages, Antarctica, interglacial periods, ice age causes, Earth's orbit, precession, solar output, sunspots, Little Ice Age, volcanic eruptions, meteorite/comet impact, greenhouse effect, global warming, deforestation, fossil fuels, Industrial Revolution, carbon dioxide emissions, sea level rise, greenhouse gases, polar ice caps
Earth/Space Internet Activity "Climate"
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