Reflection: Gradual Release Plotting Climate Data - Section 3: Closure


All too often, I'm so anxious to get my students on task instead of listening to me, that I rush through the modeling.  If I want my students to be successful with complicated tasks like this one, I really need to take the time to set them up for success.  I tried just plotting a few points on my California map, and then cut them loose.  This wasn't enough support.  I also passed out keys and maps together.  This was a mistake because they started coloring in cities and then working on their key as they went, and never really developed a scale.  Ideally, you could show a model the way they do it on cooking shows.  Walk them through how to get started, then take out the one you almost finished so they know the end goal.

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Plotting Climate Data

Unit 4: Earth Science
Lesson 14 of 18

Objective: SWBAT use climate data to create a key, plot data points, and interpolate data.

Big Idea: How can you use data to create physical maps of Arizona?

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