This exploratory activity, designed for secondary physical science or earth science students, investigates rates of temperature change over bodies of water and land. Students discuss temperature trends of several cities across the United States, which creates an opportunity to conduct classroom experiments to explain these trends. Students write procedures and generate data of temperature changes between areas of water and land. Students gain a valuable, concrete experience of temperature changes which in turn enables them to better understand and explain why similar cities experience vastly different temperature patterns. This activity can then serve as a basis to address the abstract concept of heat capacity. The activity promotes National Science Education Content Standards A, B, D, and G, as well as Iowa Teaching Standards 1, 2, 3, and 5.
Iowa Science Teachers Journal
© Copyright 2010 by the Iowa Academy of Science
Norlin, Jacob and Miller, Daryl
"Temperature Rising: Investigating Rates of Temperature Change,"
Iowa Science Teachers Journal: Vol. 37
, Article 5.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/istj/vol37/iss2/5