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Lesson Plan

Drawing Isotherms by ECSDM

Grade Levels

Commencement, 9th Grade, 10th Grade


Objectives

Students will be able to:

  1. Use technology to access weather maps on the Internet.
  2. Draw isotherms on a weather map.
  3. Analyze isotherms to identify temperature patterns.

Materials

  1. Computer with Internet access.
  2. SMART Board.
  3. LCD Projector.
Isotherm Maps
  • Isotherm Map 1.xbk
  • Isotherm Map 2.xbk
  • Isotherm Map 1.pdf
  • Isotherm Map 2.pdf
  • Internet Resources

    1. The Weather Channel : US Current Temperature Maps
      US Current Temperatures

      Procedure

      1. Working with the whole group, the instructor will review drawing isolines in Unit 1, then demonstrate how to use SMART Board technology to draw isotherms, using an interval of ten degrees by convention, on U.S. Current Temperature maps. (5 min)
      2. Individually or in pairs, students will take turns at the SMART Board drawing isotherms, using an interval of ten degrees, on current US temperature maps and receive feedback from the class as to their accuracy. (Print maps for class notes.) (10 min)
      3. Individually or in pairs, students will take turns at the SMART Board drawing isotherms on US Current Temperature maps (their choice) and receive feedback from the class as to their accuracy. (Print maps for class notes.) (15 min)
      4. In groups of two, students will analyze and explain the affects of latitude, altitude, proximity to a large body of water, prevailing winds and the presence of mountain ranges on temperature. (10 min)

        Assessment

        1. Class and instructor feedback during the drawing activity.
        2. Quiz: Drawing isotherms on various weather maps.

        Support Materials

        I suggest that instead of using the isotherm maps I have attached, that you download current temperature maps from the weather channel so you are using real time data. That makes it more relevant for the students.

        SMART Board

        This instructional content was intended for use with a SMART Board.

        Description

        In this lesson, students will draw isotherms (isolines that connect points of equal temperature) on current temperature maps of the United States.

        Duration

        40 Minutes

        Author

        Kristine Karaffa, Middletown High School, Enlarged City School District of Middletown


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