Urban Heat: A New York City Exploration

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In this activity, students use a graph to make a hypothesis about the difference between urban heat in New York City streets and in Central Park.

Learning Objective

  • Students use a graph to make a hypothesis about the difference between urban heat in New York City streets and in Central Park, then compare their hypothesis to data collected in the area.

Time

  • Class time: About 30 minutes for introduction, worksheet activity, and class discussion, depending on prior learning.

Educational Standards

Next Generation Science Standards

  • Disciplinary Core Ideas:
    • PS3.A: Definitions of Energy
    • PS3.B: Conservation of Energy and Energy Transfer
    • PS4.B: Electromagnetic Radiation
    • ESS2.D: Weather and Climate (MS)
    • ESS3.C: Human Impacts on Earth Systems (HS)
  • Science and Engineering Practices: Planning and Carrying out Investigations, Analyzing and Interpreting Data
  • Crosscutting Concepts: Energy and Matter

Download the Student Sheets

Students should follow the directions on the student sheet to draw a graph of their hypothesis of how temperatures change between urban streets and Central Park and then analyze actual temperature data collected from the area. 

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