Hot, Wet, and Cold
by Karen Shaw
Paul Revere Middle School
Houston, Texas

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Subject Areas: Computer Literacy, Social Studies, Science, Math

Grade Levels: 7th-9th grade (could be modified for 4th - 6th)

Time Requirements:

Student Prerequisites:


Brief Overview: Working in groups, students will research various climate data for a city in each of the 5 major geographic sections of Texas. They will use this data to describe the climate for each section and what influence (if any) the geography of that section has on the weather.

Materials Required For This Lesson:

  1. Computer with Spreadsheet Software
  2. Map of Texas with the geographic regions marked and/or a list of major cities in each region
  3. Internet access


  1. Create the following spreadsheet and print it.
  2. Hot, Wet, and Cold

    City Lat. Lon. Elev. Rainfall Snowfall %perc. %sun. Wind High Low

  3. Go to the US Interactive Climate Page
  4. Choose the appropriate connection speed.
  5. Choose the state (for this lesson TX).
  6. Choose the city.
  7. Record your finding on your spreadsheet.
  8. Note: The last 3 pieces of information may be found after the graphs. Also, these are the only pieces of information recorded as " daily " everything else should be "annual" or "yearly".

  9. Go back to the map and change the setting from "Basic Climatology" to "Examine monthly markings for temperature and perccipitation".
  10. Set it for "Maximum Temperature", "Annual: January - December" and Submit.
  11. Record the mean high temperature.
  12. Go back, reset form for "Minimum Temperature, "Annual: January-December" and Submit.
  13. Record the mean low temperature.
  14. Repeat these steps for a city in each geographic region.
  15. Prepare line graphs to help you compare each section.
  16. Based on your information, describe the climate in each geographic region. Include any geographic information you believe may influence the weather in that region.


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(Last Update: November 16, 1997 )

This page was developed through GirlTECH '97, a teacher training and student technology council program sponsored by the Center for Research on Parallel Computation (CRPC), a National Science Foundation-funded Science and Technology Center.

© July 1997 Karen Shaw