Urban Heat: A New York City Exploration
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.
- 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.
- Class time: About 30 minutes for introduction, worksheet activity, and class discussion, depending on prior learning.
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.