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The unit begins by introducing the student to the seven basic weather elements and the instruments that we use to measure each element. I choose to begin with this topic as students like hands-on activities—and they can also study changes over a short period of time.
We then move to climate and discuss briefly the three major climate regions, reminding the student of the activities we performed with the angle of light and temperature. Causes and evidence of climate changes are introduced to the student so they understand that nature has left records to study and support these ideas. Plate tectonics is studied showing the plate boundaries and the forces that move these plates. The results of plate movements is also investigated. We end by discussing past, present and future climates. The main activity for the unit is to research the climate of New Haven over the past 50 years.
(Recommended for Earth Science, grade 8)
Ecology Environmental Science Global Change New Haven Connecticut