Microclimates

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Updated on Mar 19, 2013

Grade Level: 9th - 12th; Type: Earth Science

Objective

To investigate different microclimates in and around your home.

Introduction

A climate is the average weather pattern and environmental conditions in a region. Within climates are smaller areas of differing conditions. These are referred to as microclimates. Microclimates play a role determining what plant and animal life will be present.

Research Questions

  • What creates a microclimate?
  • How do microclimates determine the plant or animal life present?

Terms to Know

  • Climate
  • Microclimate

Materials

  • Thermometer
  • Stopwatch

Experimental Procedure

  1. Choose 4 locations
    1. Two locations inside your home
    2. Two locations outside your home
  2. At each location place a thermometer for five minutes. After five minutes read the thermometer and record the temperature. Also make note of the general characteristics of the location. Place all data in Table 1.
  3. Consider the following:
    1. Was there a significant difference between temperatures of the indoor locations?
    2. Was there a significant difference between temperatures of the outdoor locations?
    3. Of the outdoor locations, was there a significant difference between the plants you found in each location?

    Table 1

    Location Name
    Temperature
    Plant Life Present
    General Description
    1
    2
    3
    4

Bibliography

http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-a-microclimate.htm

http://searchwarp.com/swa370069.htm

Angela Pike has been in the world of elementary education for almost a decade, working as a classroom teacher, school writing specialist, and later a school administrator. After a recent leave from the education realm to stay at home with her children, she channeled her passion for education, science, and writing into a composing articles and educational activities for various companies.

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