Upton-by-Chester High School Geography Department Ecosystems Lesson 4
To understand the equatorial climate. WALT WILF All: to be able to describe the daily pattern of the equatorial climate and interpret the climate graph. Most: to be able to give reasons for the equatorial climate and describe its location. Some: To be able to suggest reasons why height can affect different places with the same latitude
WILF 4) Give reasons why height can affect different places with the same latitude. 3) Give reasons for the equatorial climate and describe its location. 2) Interpret a climate graph. 1) Describe the daily pattern of the climate .
Starter Imagine you had to spend a day in this rainforest. What would the weather like?
Describe the location of the equatorial climate .
Killer question 1 Answer activity 1 and 2 from worksheet 1.3 Why are temperatures always high on the Equator? Describe the daily pattern of the equatorial Climate. Now answer the following questions:
I can… Learning ladder level Yes or No I can describe the daily pattern Yes or No I have understand why temperatures are always high on the equator. Response Peer Assessment 1
Look for patterns in the temperature data Ask yourself the following: Is the temperature the same all year round? If it is different, how many seasons does the location experience? Which season is the warmest? Is it warm (10 to 20°C), hot (20 to 30°C) or very hot (30°C)? Which season is the coolest? Is it mild (0 to 10°C), cold (-10 to 0°C) or very cold (below -10°C)? What is the range of temperature? (Subtract the minimum temperature from the maximum temperature). Look for patterns in the rainfall data Ask yourself the following: Does the rainfall occur all year round? What is the pattern of the rainfall? Check which season (s) is/are drier or wetter than others. What is the total annual rainfall? Add each month's total together to get the annual total. Then put the rainfall and temperature information together - what does it tell you about this place?
I can… Learning ladder level Yes or No I have written in detail. Yes or No I have described the climate of the rainforest and interpreted the graph. Response Peer Assessment 2
Altitude Mountains make it possible for snow to be found at the equator and for one side of a mountain range to experience one of the world's wettest climates, while the other side is arid. It has been said that rising 300m in altitude provides the equivalent of moving 350 miles towards the pole at sea level in terms of climate. The higher the place is above sea level the colder it will be. For every 100m You climb the temperature will drop by 1C. (The adiabatic lapse rate). This happens because as altitude increases, air becomes thinner and is less able to absorb and retain heat.