Weather vs Climate – Understanding the difference between weather and climate
In this set of three activities, students will learn the difference between weather and climate. They will identify different climatic zones and collect their own weather data. They will analyse and compare daily and monthly air temperature measurements. Finally, they will learn about different climate scenarios and identify what it means for the monthly average temperatures in their area/country.
Subject Mathematics, Science
- Understand the difference between weather and climate
- Identify the elements and factors of climate (wind, temperature, atmospheric pressure, rainfall)
- Identify the world climatic zones by detecting some basic characteristics
- Compare weather and climate data
- Learn how to take and collect weather measurements
- Calculate the average weekly/monthly air temperature
- Interpret tables and graphs, and drawing conclusions
- Pupil activity sheet
Did you know?
The climate has been changing for billions of years. Long periods of colder or warmer climate occurred long before humans were on the planet to influence it. Scientists work like detectives to figure out what the climate used to be like. These scientists are called paleoclimatologists. They use clues found in the sediments of lakes and oceans, in glaciers, in fossils, and as rings inside trees to study Earth’s climate. Concordia research station in cold and dry Antarctica is one of the most isolated human outposts on Earth and a perfect place to investigate our planet’s climate past. When paleoclimatologists combine their reconstructed history of Earth’s climate with observations of Earth’s modern climate and put them into computer models, they can predict future climate change.
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