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Resource Languages:

English, Spanish

Regional Focus

Global

Summer Average Temperatures

Author: Climate Central
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Subjects: Science, Social Studies, Geography, Math, World Languages, Spanish
Resource Types:
  • Data
  • Interactive Media
Synopsis
  • This interactive resource details the rise in average summer temperatures for many American cities, providing a graph of the data over time. 
  • Students are able to choose a state and city, then download the graph. 
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • The graphs can be downloaded in English and Spanish.
  • The data is available from several cities in each state, making this resource engaging for students and providing local information. 

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should be comfortable reading line graphs. 

Differentiation

  • This resource would work equally well in science classes working on the effects of climate change on urban envionrments or social studies classes working on how geography and climate are related.
  • Cross-curricular connections can be made in health classes discussing how to stay healthy amidst rising temperatures. 
  • This resource would be a great data tool for reporting how the climate is changing in different ways in various cities, which could be applied to engineering or civics classes.
  • Students can download a graph to add to a document where they describe what they learned from the graph and what this warming could mean for that city.
Scientist Notes
This resource underscores summer temperatures above normal values in US cities from 1970-2021. Over 94% of 246 US cities are now experiencing temperature anomalies during summer periods. This resource is insightful and ideal for teaching.
Standards
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-4 Construct an argument supported by evidence for how increases in human population and per-capita consumption of natural resources impact Earth's systems.
      • HS-ESS3-5 Analyze geoscience data and the results from global climate models to make an evidence-based forecast of the current rate of global or regional climate change and associated future impacts to Earth systems.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Geography
      • D2.Geo.2.6-8 Use maps, satellite images, photographs, and other representations to explain relationships between the locations of places and regions, and changes in their environmental characteristics.
      • D2.Geo.10.6-8 Analyze the ways in which cultural and environmental characteristics vary among various regions of the world.
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