Education.com
Try
Brainzy
Try
Plus

Microclimates

based on 3 ratings
Author: Angela Pike

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

Add your own comment
DIY Worksheets
Make puzzles and printables that are educational, personal, and fun!
Matching Lists
Quickly create fun match-up worksheets using your own words.
Word Searches
Use your own word lists to create and print custom word searches.
Crossword Puzzles
Make custom crossword puzzles using your own words and clues.
See all Worksheet Generators