A CIESE Collaborative Project

Project Overview


The Global Sun Temperature Project is an Internet-based multidisciplinary project designed to enrich a student's learning experience through "Unique and Compelling" applications of technology. In particular, this project utilizes the Internet to have students collaborate in large numbers, across great distances, to determine how proximity to the equator affects average daily temperature and hours of sunlight. By participating in this project, students also have the opportunity to interact with experts online, use an online asynchronous discussion board to to discuss project-related topics, and publish their own work to this project web site.

The Global Sun Temperature Project has four Core Activities that will teach students how to apply the knowledge and thinking skills of mathematics, science, and technology to explain real-world phenomena. Specifically, (1) students will determine their latitude and longitude coordinates, (2) measure and record temperature and minutes of daylight, (3) calculate averages, plot and analyze data, draw conclusions based on raw data from the Internet, and (4) communicate their results. Students will also have the opportunity to interact with other students from around the world and study their geographic location, environment, and culture.

Each of the four core activities are designed to be used in a 45 minute class period, although this may depend on the grade level of your students. Additionally, students will need a small amount of class time (approximately 15 minutes) every day for one week to record the temperature and sunrise / sunset times. It is recommended that students go through the lessons in order, beginning with Lesson 1: Submit a Class Letter of Introduction before continuing on to the other lessons. The Teacher Guide section contains detailed lesson plans for the core lessons as well as supplemental and enrichment lessons, curriculum standards, implementation strategies, as well as other useful information. It is also recommended that you review each of the lessons carefully and use your judgment for allocating the appropriate amount of class time for the project.

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